adjective Etymology: Latin arboreus of a tree, from arbor Date: circa 1667 1. of, relating to, or resembling a tree 2. inhabiting or frequenting trees <
arboreal monkeys
arboreally adverb

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  • Arboreal — Ar*bo re*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a tree, or to trees; of nature of trees. Cowley. [1913 Webster] 2. Attached to, found in or upon, or frequenting, woods or trees; as, arboreal animals. [1913 Webster] Woodpeckers are eminently arboreal.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arboreal — (adj.) 1660s, from L. arboreus pertaining to trees, from arbor tree, of unknown origin, + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • arboreal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to trees. 2) living in trees. DERIVATIVES arboreality noun. ORIGIN from Latin arbor tree …   English terms dictionary

  • arboreal — [är bôr′ē əl] adj. [L arboreus, of a tree < arbor, tree + AL] 1. of or like a tree 2. living in trees or adapted for living in trees …   English World dictionary

  • arboreal — [[t]ɑː(r)bɔ͟ːriəl[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Arboreal animals live in trees. [TECHNICAL] This clear tract in the deep forest gave him wonderful views of the arboreal birds. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Arboreal means relating to trees. [FORMAL] ...the arboreal… …   English dictionary

  • arboreal — ar|bo|re|al [ ar bɔriəl ] adjective TECHNICAL relating to or living in trees: arboreal mammals …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • arboreal — UK [ɑː(r)ˈbɔːrɪəl] / US [ɑrˈbɔrɪəl] adjective formal relating to or living in trees arboreal mammals …   English dictionary

  • Arboreal locomotion — Leopards are good climbers, and can carry their kills up their trees to keep them out of reach from scavengers and other predators. Arboreal locomotion is the locomotion of animals in trees. In every habitat in which trees are present, animals… …   Wikipedia

  • Arboreal theory — The arboreal theory claims that primates evolved from their ancestors by adapting to arboreal life. Primates are thought to have developed several of their traits and habits initially while living in trees. One key component to this argument is… …   Wikipedia

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