[ahr-bawr-ee-uh l, -bohr-]
- 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.
Origin of arboreal
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Examples from the Web for arboreal
An arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees.The Devil's Dictionary
Heredity again, for the snake was the worst enemy of arboreal man.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
As was stated above, all arboreal gregarious birds have this habit.Birds of the Indian Hills
This arboreal device was not by any means a new one to the men of Massachusetts.The Flags of the World
F. Edward Hulme
To be arboreal, the animal must sleep in trees or on a perch, but the chimpanzee cannot do so.Gorillas & Chimpanzees
R. L. Garner
- of, relating to, or resembling a tree
- living in or among treesarboreal monkeys
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Word Origin and History for arboreal
1660s, from Latin arboreus "pertaining to trees," from arbor "tree," of unknown origin, + -al (1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or living in trees.
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