[ahr-ber-i-kuhl-cher, ahr-bawr-, -bohr-]


the cultivation of trees and shrubs.

Origin of arboriculture

First recorded in 1820–30; arbor3 + (agr)iculture
Related formsar·bor·i·cul·tur·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arboriculture

Historical Examples of arboriculture

  • He has not lived in vain, for he is a tree planter and believes in arboriculture.

    Seed Dispersal

    William J. Beal

  • A yearly grant for arboriculture is now made to every district.

  • Etna has many points of interest for all classes of scientific men, and not least for the student of arboriculture.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Government should inaugurate a thorough system of arboriculture, inviting and encouraging a real science.

    A Summer's Outing

    Carter H. Harrison

  • Arboriculture was universal: the provinces of Valencia, Cordoba, and Toledo they filled with trees—fruit-trees and timber.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for arboriculture



the cultivation of trees or shrubs, esp for the production of timber
Derived Formsarboricultural, adjectivearboriculturist, noun
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