noun \ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm\

: a place where trees and plants are grown in order to be studied or seen by the public

plural ar·bo·retums or ar·bo·re·ta\-ˈrē-tə\

Full Definition of ARBORETUM

:  a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes


New Latin, from Latin, plantation of trees, from arbor
First Known Use: 1796

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with ARBORETUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden. Important U.S. arboretums include the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) and the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.


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