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Having the size, form, or characteristics of a tree; treelike.

[Latin arborēscēns, arborēscent-, present participle of arborēscere, to grow to be a tree, from arbor, tree.]

ar′bo·res′cence n.


(Forestry) having the shape or characteristics of a tree
ˌarboˈrescence n


(ˌɑr bəˈrɛs ənt)

resembling a tree in size, appearance, or growth.
[1665–75; < Latin arborēscent-, s. of arborēscēns, present participle of arborēscere to grow into a tree, derivative of arbor tree; see -escent]
ar`bo•res′cence, n.
ar`bo•res′cent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arborescent - resembling a tree in form and branching structurearborescent - 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"
References in classic literature ?
Stately trees of many kinds, with smooth and highly coloured barks, are loaded by parasitical monocotyledonous plants; large and elegant ferns are numerous, and arborescent grasses entwine the trees into one entangled mass to the height of thirty or forty feet above the ground.
An arborescent fern was found by Forster in New Zealand in 46 degs.
The sun, darting his last rays beneath the masses of heaped-up cloud, adorned with a crest of gold the slightest inequalities of the ground below; gigantic trees, arborescent bushes, mosses on the even surface--all had their share of this luminous effulgence.
Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest.
Zanzibar red colobus monkeys feed on the leaves of the arborescent cycad Encephalartos hildebrandtii, showing a preference for young, tender leaves over older ones (Nowak & Lee, 2011).
laxiflora root has been considered the basic type because it is associated with arborescent taxa or woody families (Eames, 1961).
Joshua tree is an iconic, widespread arborescent succulent of the Mojave Desert.
Such is the case with cultural nationalism, whose closed off conceptualization of society parallels the Deleuzian notion of "tree logic", or a politics where the "channels of transmission are preestablished: the arborescent system preexists the individual, who is integrated into it and allotted a place" (Deleuze 16).
The defining morphologic feature of these lesions is the presence of arborescent fibrovascular cores that support epithelial proliferation.