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A specialist in the care of woody plants, especially trees.

[From Latin arbor, tree.]
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1. (Forestry) a specialist in the cultivation of trees
2. (Professions) a specialist in the cultivation of trees
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(ˈɑr bər ɪst)

a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arborist - a specialist in treating damaged treesarborist - a specialist in treating damaged trees
specialiser, specialist, specializer - an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
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nBaumzüchter(in) m(f)
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Here are pointers from Dennis Brown, consulting arborist with Urban Forestry Resources in Austin, Texas, on how to protect trees during the upcoming construction season:
To develop such a plan, these designers consider it crucial to hire a consulting arborist. Arborists can assess a tree's health and determine whether it is worth saving.
In addition to her management role, Vescio is also called upon to act as the city's arborist, checking trees that city residents are concerned about.
As one arborist says, "You should be able to see light through the tree's canopy."
Unlike the tree climbing of our youth, technical tree climbing employs the use of arborist rope, special saddle harnesses, and knots to ascend safely into the tree canopy.
"With thousands of dollars at stake, as well as the integrity and appearance of your property and your personal safety, make sure you investigate before deciding which company you should hire," warns Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association, Londonderry, N.H.
Was a certified arborist consulted prior to the removal?
Mark, from Ballymena, works under the name Arborist. The debut album - Home Buriel - is out today.
However, when we see woodpeckers causing major damage to a tree as you have described, as an arborist we are concerned that there may be a larger underlying issue.
CUTLINE: (1) Arborist Bob Ervin cuts the stump of a 47-year-old Dragon's Claw Willow that was taken down at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.
If you want to send an arborist into a tizzy, do this: Get a saw - a hand saw will do, but a chain saw is most dramatic.