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arbor1

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun
1.
a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
2.
a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
3.
Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
Also, especially British, arbour.
Origin of arbor1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (h)erber < Anglo-French, Old French (h)erbier herbarium; respelling with -or under the influence of arbor3

arbor2

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun
1.
Machinery.
  1. a bar, shaft, or axis that holds, turns, or supports a rotating cutting tool or grinding wheel, often having a tapered shank fitting tightly into the spindle of a machine tool.
    Compare mandrel.
  2. a beam, shaft, axle, or spindle.
2.
Metallurgy. a reinforcing member of a core or mold.
Origin
1650-60; respelling, by association with arbor3, of earlier arber, arbre < French, Old French < Latin arbor wooden beam or part in an olive press, tree

arbor3

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun, plural arbores
[ahr-buh-reez] /ˈɑr bəˌriz/ (Show IPA).
Botany.
1.
a tree.
Origin
1660-70; < New Latin, Latin: tree.
Related forms
arboresque, adjective
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Examples from the Web for arbor
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  • As they drew near the arbor they heard Bradley say: "This was my dream, Dorothy."

  • Then he waved his hand towards the long seat that stood at the back of the arbor.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Got it hung on the lattice in my arbor in the garden down home in Maryland.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • He might have won two planets, but he had turned his Eden into an arbor of deadly nightshade.

    It's All Yours Sam Merwin
  • From close by, within the arbor, came the sound of faint whispering.

  • De Jones stood in the arbor door, and deadly was the smile he wore.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason
  • The musicians were hidden by an arbor of green at one end of the floor.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for arbor

arbor1

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
the US spelling of arbour

arbor2

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
2.
a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
3.
(metallurgy) a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: tree, mast
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Word Origin and History for arbor
n.

c.1300, herber, "herb garden," from Old French erbier "field, meadow; kitchen garden," from Latin herba "grass, herb" (see herb). Later "a grassy plot" (early 14c., a sense also in Old French), "a shaded nook" (mid-14c.). Probably not from Latin arbor "tree," though perhaps influenced by its spelling.

The change from er- to ar- before consonants in Middle English also reflects a pronunciation shift: cf. farm from ferme, harbor from Old English herebeorg.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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arbor in Medicine

arbor ar·bor (är'bər)
n. pl. ar·bo·res (är'bə-rēz')
A treelike anatomical structure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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