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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Recent Examples on the Web The Metz Grand Carillon, a 65-bell carillon recently relocated to IU’s campus arboretum, will play the school fight song any time the Hoosiers score. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football coach Tom Allen expects a normal game atmosphere ... once the game begins," 22 Oct. 2020 That year, Parisian computer servers began heating a nearby arboretum. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Data centers are wasting heat that could warm homes and businesses," 20 Oct. 2020 They get paid for planting, tending and harvesting fruits and vegetables at farms and gardens around the metro area, as well as at the arboretum. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Beginners learn to be farmers at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum," 1 Oct. 2020 At the arboretum, there’s always a loose curriculum planned but space for kids’ particular interests. Morgan Greene,, "With the pandemic, parents and educators embrace outdoor preschools. Many hope the move will be permanent.," 25 Sep. 2020 Find the AppleHouse at 7485 Rolling Acres Road in Victoria, about 2 miles west of the arboretum’s main Hwy. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Fresh apples, pies and donuts: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's AppleHouse is now open," 2 Sep. 2020 Parking must be purchased in advance, and spots are assigned to maintain safe distancing, The arboretum encourages everyone 3 and older to wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in September in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 3 Sep. 2020 Or perhaps most people don't know the arboretum exists. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: A walk in the Arkansas woods," 30 Aug. 2020 No one was injured and no buildings sustained damage, but Graceland anticipates many headstones will need repairs and more than 200 trees will need to be removed from the 119-acre cemetery and arboretum in Uptown. Kelli Smith,, "After fierce wind storm, Graceland Cemetery facing its longest closing and costliest repairs in its 160-year history," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arboretum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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