arboretum

noun
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

Examples of arboretum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sir Stephen's botanical and woodland gardens, orchid greenhouses, and arboretum of indigenous trees had always been remarkable, if neglected; now the old place was looking sprightly again. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 The city has designated all 26 acres of the arboretum as a municipal park. Washington Post, "Florida native, garden lover, guides East Texas arboretum," 26 Oct. 2019 Established in the 1400s, this historic botanical space is reportedly the oldest arboretum in this part of Europe. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 The arboretum was renamed in 2015 for Edwin and Frances Hunter, the late co-founders of Hunter Industries in San Marcos. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Palomar College’s arboretum to reopen with access-for-all trails in September," 11 Aug. 2019 The arboretum is located 15 miles northwest of Dubrovnik and is reachable by bus or Uber. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 The Data Garden Quartet installation toured that year, performing in arboretums, festivals, and museum pop-ups. Wired, "Let Your Plants Play Music, and Gardens of Sound Will Bloom," 25 Sep. 2019 The cemetery, an accredited arboretum with more than 500 plant species within its borders, was eager to learn more about potential threats to its more than 7,000 trees. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Meet the Beetles: Newly Discovered Brooklynites Have 6 Legs," 1 Aug. 2019 Avent had seen how Raulston had created an arboretum virtually out of nothing at the university’s plant trial farm (now called the JC Raulston Arboretum), and this inspired him to copy the idea at the fairgrounds. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of arboretum was in 1796

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3 Jan 2020

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“Arboretum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arboretum. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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arboretum

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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

arboretum

noun
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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