Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place where an extensive variety of woody plants are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where many varieties of trees are grown for research, educational, and ornamental purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place in which a collection of rare trees and shrubs is cultivated for scientific or educational purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place in which trees and shrubs, especially rare ones, are cultivated for scientific or other purposes; a botanical tree-garden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition

Etymologies

Latin arborētum, a place grown with trees, from arbor, tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin arborētum ("place grown with trees"), from arbor ("tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So having ramps connecting from SR 520 in/out of the arboretum is "paving it"?

    There is No Plan for that Corridor « PubliCola

  • Unless you're willing to trade in your nice job and weekend trips to the mountains on your Subaru Outlook for a monastic existence, quit playing the rest of us about how we humans are supposed to have zero impact on our surroundings. revroux also pine grove, the environmentally sensitive area "the arboretum" is a urban park but is not an urban place.

    Talking 520 and Climate With The Mayor « PubliCola

  • An arboretum is a collection of all the different species of a natural order of trees and shrubs planted together; and it does not necessarily imply that these orders should be arranged in any particular manner; as indeed botanists disagree as to how they should be placed, Jussieu having adopted one plan, De Candolle another, and Dr. Lindley another.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • On the east side of the arboretum was a beautiful rose garden with a vine-covered gazebo, the back of the structure overhanging a pond filled with koi and lily pads.

    Miles to Go

  • The arboretum was a serious ongoing project dedicated to cultivating and growing plants from all three worlds, but it was also designed to be enjoyed.

    The Darkest Edge of Dawn

  • The arboretum is a public botanical garden and a scientific research facility of the Agricultural Research Service.

    From shrubs to towering controversy: Plan to remove azaleas draws objections

  • Then they saw the enormous hangar bay and something called an arboretum—a strange place where the Earthers kept plants, intentionally.

    The Edge of the Sword

  • Nittolo said that in coming years he hopes to turn his attention to the creek downstream from the arboretum, which is overgrown with non-native plants.

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  • He called the arboretum "a world-class institution" and said that the new post "allows me to combine my two passions, teaching and directing a world-respected garden."

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  • Another central feature of the arboretum will be the Biodiversity Center, she said.

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