arborist

noun
ar·​bor·​ist | \ ˈär-bə-rist How to pronounce arborist (audio) \

Definition of arborist

: a specialist in the care and maintenance of trees

Examples of arborist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An arborist was on hand when piping was replaced near the roots of sycamores, stone pines and other old friends. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Washington Square Park is back — with design tweaks as timeless as North Beach itself," 2 Dec. 2019 The arborist would use a throwball launcher — which looks a bit like a sling shot — to catapult a weighted bag with a line attached to it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park tree climbers wow crowd, pursue glory," 13 Oct. 2019 Every year, an arborist sprayed the trees to prevent damage by the gold spotted oak borer, a beetle that destroys trees. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Experts share tips for surviving a fire," 17 Sep. 2019 Using IVs that are sanitized between trees, park service workers make a minimally invasive scission in order to treat the tree, according to Jason Gillis, park arborist for National Mall and Memorial Parks. Paulina Smolinski, USA TODAY, "Here's how the National Park Service is saving D.C.'s trees from Dutch elm disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Greg Applegate, one of three arborists retained by the Balboa Island Preservation Assn. said the city’s approach sounded more like mass removal than maintenance. Los Angeles Times, "Removal coming for some Balboa Island trees, testing for others," 4 Sep. 2019 Greg Applegate, one of three arborists retained by the Balboa Island Preservation Assn., said the city’s approach sounded more like mass removal than maintenance. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Removal coming for some Balboa Island trees, testing for others," 4 Sep. 2019 The city budget adopted last month includes funding for a city arborist, whose job will be to improve Laguna’s tree program, mediate tree disputes and maintain the existing crop. Faith E. Pinho, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach needs more public trees, O.C. grand jury report says," 5 July 2019 Volunteer tree work at the 313-acre cemetery will begin by 8 a.m., with arborists providing services in tree structure, invasive insects, diseases and best management practices for tree health. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Tree-cutting companies volunteer time to care for veterans’ cemetery," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of arborist

1755, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Arborist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arborist. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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