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Meaning of arbor by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )bə( r )

    Etymology 1

    Middle English arbour, from Old French erbier ( “field, meadow, kitchen garden” ), from erbe ( “grass, herb” ). The phonetic change to ar- was assisted by association with Latin arbor ( “tree” ) .


    arbor ( plural: arbors or arbores )

    1. A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation .
    2. A grove of trees .
    Alternative form
    • arbour ( Chiefly British )
    Related terms
    • arboreal
    • arbor vitae

    Etymology 2

    From French arbre ( “tree, axis” ), spelling change due to association with Latin arbor ( “tree” )


    arbor ( plural: arbors or arbores )

    1. An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe .
    2. A bar for supporting cutting tools .
    3. A spindle of a wheel .


Explanation of arbor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a framework that supports climbing plants

    2. the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park
    3. any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

    4. tree ( as opposed to shrub )

    Definition of arbor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Arbor n. [OE. herber, herbere, properly a garden of herbs, F. herbier, fr. L. herbarium. See Herb, and cf. Herbarium.] A kind of latticework formed of, or covered with, vines, branches of trees, or other plants, for shade; a bower. Sir P. Sidney.

    2. Arbor, n. [Written also arbour.] [L., a tree, a beam.]
      1. ( Bot. ) A tree, as distinguished from a shrub.

      2. [Cf. F. arbre.] ( Mech. ) An axle or spindle of a wheel or opinion. A mandrel in lathe turning. Knight.