American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the size, form, or characteristics of a tree; treelike.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a tree; tree-like in growth, size, or appearance; having the nature and habits of a tree; branching like a tree; dendritic.
- In bacterial., specifically applied to the branched, tree-like colony formed by certain bacteria in stab-cultures.
- adj. Like a tree; having a structure or appearance similar to a tree's; branching.
- adj. philosophy Marked by insistence on totalizing principles, binarism and dualism (opposed to the rhizome theory).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling a tree; becoming woody in stalk; dendritic; having crystallizations disposed like the branches and twigs of a tree.
- adj. resembling a tree in form and branching structure
- First attested around 1675, from Latin arborēscēns, present active participle of arborēscō ("become a tree"). The philosophical sense refers to the way genealogy trees are drawn. (Wiktionary)
- Latin arborēscēns, arborēscent-, present participle of arborēscere, to grow to be a tree, from arbor, tree. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The new list excluded the so-called arborescent (tree-like) species such as aloes, tree ferns and cycads.”
“An arborescent generating method is used to create a new system from the existing system, that is, ‘growing’ the new building from the old as new branches grow on a tree.”
“In a very important sense, Twitter is decentralized at its core, it is rhizomatic rather than arborescent.”
“The only common tree species is the characteristic joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), an arborescent (treelike) yucca that forms extensive woodlands above 3000 feet (900 m) elevation.”
“On some parts of the plains the arborescent cacti (cholla) are also common.”
“It has evergreen and deciduous trees with two stories of trees 12-15 and 5-10 m high, some thorny shrubs, columnar or arborescent cactaceae, other succulents, herbaceae, epiphytes and dry lianas.”
“There are however abundant columnar and arborescent cacti including Opuntia excelsa, Pachycereus spp.,”
“The region contains forests of Polylepis, the only arborescent genus that occurs naturally at high elevations.”
“Between 1150 and 2500, the trees are leafy with a canopy between 25 and 35 m tall and the undergrowth has arborescent ferns and palms, many plants with prop roots and abundant vascular epiphytes and woody lianas.”
“Above 900 m. in altitude, there are smaller trees and palms such as Pithecellobium longifolium, Euterpe precatoria, Geomoma oxicarpa and the arborescent fern Trichipteris procera; many vascular epiphytes, Vriesia elata, Guzmania lingulata, large-leaved understory plants Calathea insignis, Diffenbachia longisphata; mosses and hepatics, Octoblepharum albidum, Leucomium compressum.”
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