a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests.

Origin of arborist

First recorded in 1570–80; arbor3 + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a specialist in the cultivation of trees
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Word Origin and History for arborist

1570s, from Latin arbor "tree," of unknown origin, + -ist. In early use probably from French arboriste.

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