ar·bo·re·tum | \ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm \
plural arboretums or arboreta\-ˈrē-tə \

Definition of arboretum 

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

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The arboretum staff, not quite to the point of naming the exotic bird, have decided to just tolerate the big bird for now. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Arboretum’s newest resident: An exotic peacock," 15 June 2018 The arboretum features a rose garden, tropical greenhouse, herb garden, a large lake, aquatic garden, and exotic plant collections from far-off places like Australia, Africa, and Madagascar. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 White Deer Park offers bikers, runners and walkers two miles of paved trails, playgrounds, an arboretum and a 2,500-square-foot nature center. Natalie Campisi,, "5 great cities for millennial homebuyers," 8 Mar. 2018 Waco also has an impressive zoo, an arboretum, and a shuttle that will take you between the silos and a developing downtown. Christopher Muther,, "In Waco, an opportunity to live inside an episode of ‘Fixer Upper’," 8 Apr. 2018 Last year brought about 1,500 people to the arboretum, and this year organizers expect around 2,000 visitors. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Bikes are welcome at Morton Arboretum event," 27 June 2018 Getting to the town of Hana at the end is not the point; the Road to Hana is about the journey and stopping to see things along the way — arboretums, waterfalls, fruit stands. Mark Arsenault,, "A beach agnostic’s guide to Hawaii," 13 June 2018 Roughly 30 campers spent Monday running around the North Baltimore arboretum and doing arts and crafts. Talia Richman,, "'We’re all just wondering why we’re here': Extra school days lead to empty classrooms in Maryland," 19 June 2018 In partnership with Indiana Writers’ Consortium (IWC), Gabis Arboretum will offer a day of writing workshops June 9 at the arboretum, 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 25 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 \
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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