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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.
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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"
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Two linked events arborescently attached to their respective epochs, yet sharing a similar relation, occur: Calpurnia's dream of the tower's destruction, and the destruction of the Kilgarvan tower (Kilgarvan is, incidentally the birthplace of Kilpatrick).