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1. Relating to or resembling a tree.
2. Living in trees; arboreous: arboreal apes.

[From Latin arboreus, from arbor, tree.]

ar·bo′re·al·ly adv.


1. (Forestry) of, relating to, or resembling a tree
2. (Zoology) living in or among trees: arboreal monkeys.


(ɑrˈbɔr i əl, -ˈboʊr-)

1. of or pertaining to trees; treelike.
2. living in or among trees.
3. adapted for living or moving about in trees, as the long arm of a monkey.
[1660–70; < Latin arbore(us) of trees (arbor tree + -eus -eous) + -al1]
ar•bo′re•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arboreal - of or relating to or formed by treesarboreal - of or relating to or formed by trees; "an arborous roof"
2.arboreal - inhabiting or frequenting treesarboreal - inhabiting or frequenting trees; "arboreal apes"
nonarboreal - not inhabiting or frequenting trees
3.arboreal - resembling a tree in form and branching structurearboreal - resembling a tree in form and branching structure; "arborescent coral found off the coast of Bermuda"; "dendriform sponges"
branchy - having many branches; "a branchy tree trunk"


[ɑːˈbɔːrɪəl] ADJarbóreo


[ɑːrˈbɔːriəl] adj
[animal] → arboricole
(formal) (relating to trees)arborescent(e)


adj animal, birdauf Bäumen lebend; habitatauf Bäumen
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To evaluate the possibility of arboreality in human ancestors, most researchers would focus on the African apes (being genetically closer to humans) and would forget orangutans (Pongo).
15) While australopithecine pelvises and limbs clearly indicate bipedality, particular features such as curved phalanges are interpreted as evidence for some arboreality, or alternatively, as evolutionary holdovers from arboreal ancestors.