ar·​bor·​i·​cul·​ture ˈär-bər-ə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce arboriculture (audio) är-ˈbȯr-ə- How to pronounce arboriculture (audio)
: the cultivation of trees and shrubs especially for ornamental purposes
arboricultural adjective

Examples of arboriculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why trees really need their canopies during hot summer temperatures, said James Downer, a plant pathologist and horticulturist who teaches arboriculture at Cal Poly Pomona and just retired from the Ventura County UC Cooperative Extension office. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023 One of the fastest growing areas has been utility arboriculture, which involves managing trees near power lines and other infrastructure. Marguerite Holloway, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 Trees with structural defects cannot withstand wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour, said Kristina Bezanson, an arboriculture and urban forestry lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst., 18 Oct. 2019 Bill Fountain, University of Kentucky professor of arboriculture, and others suggested less drastic cutting or rethinking the locations of lights and cameras. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History


arbori- + -culture (as in agriculture)

First Known Use

circa 1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arboriculture was circa 1778

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“Arboriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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