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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.
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1. (Forestry) of, relating to, or resembling a tree
2. (Zoology) living in or among trees: arboreal monkeys.
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(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.
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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"
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[ɑːˈbɔːrɪəl] ADJarbóreo
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[ɑːrˈbɔːriəl] adj
[animal] → arboricole
(formal) (relating to trees)arborescent(e)
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adj animal, birdauf Bäumen lebend; habitatauf Bäumen
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A quantitative assessment of arboreality in tropical amphibians across an elevation gradient, can arboreal animals find above-ground refuge from climate warming?
Arboreality and morphological evolution in ground beetles (Carabidae: Harpalinae): testing the taxon pulse model.
2007: Reasons for arboreality in wood mice Apodemus sylvaticus and bank voles Myodes glareolus.
If greater arboreality at my study site in spring is linked to recent snake emergence from hibernation, then the timing of my surveys likely favors observing arboreal behavior in cottonmouths, while the timing of Graham's (2013) surveys does not.