- 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
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The art of caring for trees is called arboriculture, and one who devotes himself to it an arborist.Special Days and their Observance
An arboret is a little tree; an arborist, or arbortor, is one who studies or cultivates trees.
The handling of shade trees such as we have in our city streets is the work of an arborist.
- 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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