arboretum

noun ar·bo·re·tum \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of arboretum

plural arboretums or arboreta play \-ˈrē-tə\
: a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes

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Origin and Etymology of arboretum

New Latin, from Latin, plantation of trees, from arbor

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ARBORETUM Defined for English Language Learners

arboretum

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Definition of arboretum for English Language Learners

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


ARBORETUM Defined for Kids

arboretum

noun ar·bo·re·tum \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm \

Definition of arboretum for Students

plural arboretums or arboreta \-ˈrē-tə\
: a place where trees and plants are grown to be studied


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