Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the size, form, or characteristics of a tree; treelike.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In bacterial., specifically applied to the branched, tree-like colony formed by certain bacteria in stab-cultures.
  • Resembling a tree; tree-like in growth, size, or appearance; having the nature and habits of a tree; branching like a tree; dendritic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Resembling a tree; becoming woody in stalk; dendritic; having crystallizations disposed like the branches and twigs of a tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Like a tree; having a structure or appearance similar to a tree's; branching.
  • adjective philosophy Marked by insistence on totalizing principles, binarism and dualism (opposed to the rhizome theory).

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

  • adjective resembling a tree in form and branching structure

Etymologies

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

[Latin arborēscēns, arborēscent-, present participle of arborēscere, to grow to be a tree, from arbor, tree.]

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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.

Examples

  • The new list excluded the so-called arborescent (tree-like) species such as aloes, tree ferns and cycads.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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.

    Docks de Paris by Jakob+MacFarlane

  • In a very important sense, Twitter is decentralized at its core, it is rhizomatic rather than arborescent.

    Scripting News for 5/11/2008 « Scripting News Annex

  • 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.

    Deserts of North America

  • On some parts of the plains the arborescent cacti (cholla) are also common.

    American Semidesert and Desert Province (Bailey)

  • The region contains forests of Polylepis, the only arborescent genus that occurs naturally at high elevations.

    Central Andean dry puna

  • 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.

    Santa Marta montane forests

  • 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.

    Santa Marta montane forests

  • 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.

    Cuban dry forests

  • There are however abundant columnar and arborescent cacti including Opuntia excelsa, Pachycereus spp.,

    Jalisco dry forests

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