tree-hugger


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tree-hug·ger

(trē′hŭg′ər)
n. Informal
An environmentalist, especially one who supports the preservation of forested land and the restriction of logging.

tree-hugger

(ˈtriːˌhʌɡə)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal derogatory an environmental campaigner
[C20: from the tactic of embracing trees to prevent their being felled]

tree′-hug`ger


n.
Informal. an environmentalist, esp. one concerned with preserving forests.
[1985–90]
tree′-hug`ging, adj.
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