arboreal

[ ahr-bawr-ee-uh l, -bohr- ]
/ ɑrˈbɔr i əl, -ˈboʊr- /

adjective

of or relating to trees; treelike.
Also arboreous. living in or among trees.
Zoology. adapted for living and moving about in trees, as the limbs and skeleton of opossums, squirrels, monkeys, and apes.

Nearby words

  1. arblay, d',
  2. arbor,
  3. arbor day,
  4. arbor vitae,
  5. arboraceous,
  6. arboreally,
  7. arbored,
  8. arboreous,
  9. arbores,
  10. arborescent

Origin of arboreal

1660–70; < Latin arbore(us) of trees (arbor tree + -eus -eous) + -al1

Related formsar·bo·re·al·ly, adverbsub·ar·bo·re·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for arboreal

arboreal

/ (ɑːˈbɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a tree
living in or among treesarboreal monkeys
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Word Origin and History for arboreal

arboreal

adj.

1660s, from Latin arboreus "pertaining to trees," from arbor "tree," of unknown origin, + -al (1).

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Science definitions for arboreal

arboreal

[ är-bôrē-əl ]

Relating to or living in trees.
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