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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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