ar·​bor·​ist ˈär-bə-rist How to pronounce arborist (audio)
: a specialist in the care and maintenance of trees

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If a tree suffered damage over the winter, a professional arborist might be able to recommend ways to save them. Ariel Cheung, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 Trees for Windsor Locks is hosting a free Arbor Day tree identification walk led by licensed arborist John Kehoe. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Entomologists and arborists in the Washington region have scrambled to find the best solution to countering the crape myrtle bark scale, but there are still more questions than answers. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 Be safe; have arborist do the pruning of larger and older trees. 47. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 Hire a certified arborist to make a site visit and offer advice on your tree. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 Get free mulch An easy way to save money is by asking for tree trimmings from your local arborists. Amanda Pérez Pintado, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 With two full-time arborists, there were more trees on the property after UPS built than before. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2023 One of Devil Mountain’s longtime customers is California arborist Dave Muffly, who stocks all his projects with drought-tolerant species. Kate Wheeling, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arborist was in 1755

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“Arborist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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ar·​bor·​ist ˈär-bə-rəst How to pronounce arborist (audio)
: a specialist in the care of trees

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