AskDefine | Define arboreal

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arboreal adj
1 of or relating to or formed by trees; "an arborous roof" [syn: arborical, arborary, arborous]
2 inhabiting or frequenting trees; "arboreal apes" [syn: arboreous, tree-living] [ant: nonarboreal]
3 resembling a tree in form and branching structure; "arborescent coral found off the coast of Bermuda"; "dendriform sponges" [syn: arboreous, arborescent, arboresque, arboriform, dendriform, dendroid, dendroidal, treelike, tree-shaped]

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Etymology

Latin arbor meaning tree

Adjective

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a tree

Related terms

arborescent

Extensive Definition

Arboreal is a word meaning "related to or resembling trees". Its meaning comes from the Latin arbor, meaning tree.
In biology, an arboreal animal is one which inhabits or spends large amounts of time in trees or bushes.
arboreal in French: Arboricole
arboreal in Portuguese: Arborícola

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