ar·​bo·​re·​tum | \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm How to pronounce arboretum (audio) \
plural arboretums or arboreta\ ˌär-​bə-​ˈrē-​tə How to pronounce arboreta (audio) \

Definition of arboretum

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

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From that early work, the arboretum has grown to include more than 880 trees of 164 species. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst College groundskeeper shows some of the 900 trees making up the campus' certified arboretum," 17 June 2018 Free with $9 admission to the arboretum ($6 seniors & students with ID, members enter free). Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Gardening datebook: Conventions about cactus, fruit trees and bewitching begonias," 25 July 2019 The arboretum's trial included 2,187 plants this past year, including 116 vegetables, says Jenny Wegley, vice president of horticulture. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 Aviaries and arboretums hold a collection of exotic birds and monkeys. Los Angeles Times, "These are the most expensive homes ever sold in Los Angeles," 19 July 2019 The bear was reportedly seen near Solano Park and was headed toward the university’s arboretum area, the message said. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Bear spotted on UC Davis campus, university says," 4 June 2019 School officials sent a text to students around 7:18 a.m. stating that the bear was seen going from Solano Park to the arboretum area. Ashley Mcbride,, "Bear safely removed from UC Davis campus," 4 June 2019 Bhargava explored the university library and went for walks in the arboretum. Quanta Magazine, "The Musical, Magical Number Theorist," 12 Aug. 2014 The 330-acre arboretum, located just west of Valparaiso, transforms into an exciting outdoor classroom. Douglas Clark, Post-Tribune, "Guest column: Summer camps abound at Purdue University Northwest," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of arboretum

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arboretum

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

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English Language Learners Definition of arboretum

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


ar·​bo·​re·​tum | \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm How to pronounce arboretum (audio) \
plural arboretums or arboreta\ -​ˈrē-​tə \

Kids Definition of arboretum

: a place where trees and plants are grown to be studied

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to make a temporary encampment

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