arboreal

adjective
ar·​bo·​re·​al | \ är-ˈbȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce arboreal (audio) \

Definition of arboreal

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a tree
2 : inhabiting or frequenting trees arboreal monkeys

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Other Words from arboreal

arboreally \ är-​ˈbȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce arboreally (audio) \ adverb

Head to the Forest to Define Arboreal

Arbor, the Latin word for "tree," has been a rich source of tree-related words in English, though some are fairly rare. Some arbor descendants are synonyms of arboreal in the "relating to trees" sense: arboraceous, arborary, arborical, and arborous. Some are synonyms meaning "inhabiting trees": arboreous and arboricole. Others mean "resembling a tree": arborescent, arboresque, and arboriform. The verb arborize means "to branch freely," and arborvitae is the name of a shrub that means literally "tree of life." There's also arboretum and arboriculture. And we can't forget Arbor Day, which since 1872 has named a day set aside by various states (and the national government ) for planting trees. But watch out-the word arbor, in the sense of a "bower," is from Anglo-French herbe.

Examples of arboreal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yuzu trees dot California, an arboreal legacy of Japanese immigrants from the late nineteenth century, but their commercial growth there is limited, and the U.S.D.A. has a ban on the import of fresh yuzu from abroad—the fruit and the trees. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Nothing Compares to Yuzu," 27 Feb. 2020 Accompanying these arboreal animals are sculptural hammocks by Angela Damman, meant for public use. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Best Public Pop-Ups and Installations to See During Art Basel Miami," 3 Dec. 2019 Thus, as the rainy season progresses, my own habits become increasingly arboreal! National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Washington Post, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "A lethal disease spread by a tiny, tree-hopping insect is threatening Florida’s iconic palm trees," 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Terry Spencer, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palms threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 The house sits on a 1.85-acre lot that Kearns Goodwin said her husband transformed from a mundane lawn into an arboreal refuge. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Doris Kearns Goodwin plans to sell Concord home," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of arboreal

circa 1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arboreal

Latin arboreus of a tree, from arbor

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“Arboreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arboreal. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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arboreal

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of arboreal

formal + literary : of or relating to trees
technical : living in or often found in trees

arboreal

adjective
ar·​bo·​re·​al | \ är-ˈbȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce arboreal (audio) \

Kids Definition of arboreal

1 : living in or often found in trees Koalas are arboreal animals.
2 : of or relating to a tree the forest's arboreal beauty

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