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arbour

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun, Chiefly British.
1.
arbor1 .

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
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  • Then she went down to the arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.

  • At the end of the walk was an arbour, in which I could see the glimmer of something white.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • May I tell Monsieur Jules to serve breakfast for two in the arbour there?

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Will you sit in that arbour where I first talked to yourself and Miss Ross?

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • When they had been sitting in the arbour for a quarter of an hour or so she became loquacious.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • I am sitting in the arbour, and the Sister brings a pear that has fallen. '

  • Quick as thought she jumped up, seized the pot, and flew down to the arbour.

  • Then I saw that he bore him to the mouth of the arbour into which Gottlieb had turned to rest.

    The Rocky Island Samuel Wilberforce
  • The next day Charles went to sit down on the seat in the arbour.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • They went and sat down with their workboxes by the waterside under the arbour.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for arbour

arbour

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis
2.
(obsolete) an orchard, garden, or lawn
Word Origin
C14 erber, from Old French herbier, from Latin herba grass

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 arbour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of arbor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

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.

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arbour in Medicine

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

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