ar·​bo·​re·​tum ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm How to pronounce arboretum (audio)
plural arboretums or arboreta ˌär-bə-ˈrē-tə How to pronounce arboretum (audio)
: 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 Clyde: The 85-acre campus arboretum of Haywood Community College has a small Oriental garden with reed grass, Japanese maple and a meditation pond. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Kids will enjoy a trip to Flamingo Island, Alligator Lagoon, the arboretum and the natural habitats of panthers, bobcats and river otters. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Founded by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes in 1982, this 284-acre state botanical garden and arboretum is home to more than 1,000 species from all over Texas, the most diverse collection of such in North America. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024 Much of a shuttered golf course on the South Side could be converted to an arboretum through a deal involving the Brooks Development Authority and former Mayor Henry Cisneros. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Nov. 2022 Mojo Family Fest The grounds of a Sandy arboretum are transformed into a music venue for a weekend of live music for families. oregonlive, 14 June 2023 The campus actually doubles as a sprawling arboretum. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 An arboretum, featuring a botanical collection of trees with educational signs, would go just west of the nature playground. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 3 Oct. 2023 Tickets are $25 for arboretum members and $35 for the general public. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arboretum was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Arboretum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ar·​bo·​re·​tum ˌär-bə-ˈrēt-əm How to pronounce arboretum (audio)
plural arboretums or arboreta -ˈrēt-ə How to pronounce arboretum (audio)
: a place where trees and plants are grown for scientific and educational purposes

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