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Scientific Vocabulary:
The Latin Root ARBOR

Expand scientific vocabulary with the Latin root ARBOR. The word for tree will branch out into new vocabulary words for students of all ages and abilities.

Latin Word of the Week (7/23/2008):

ARBOR
tree

Derivatives of ARBOR:

The Latin noun meaning tree provides English derivatives for students of all levels of ability and experience. Simply present the word to your students and see how many English derivatives they aleady know. Then have them guess the meaning for a few they haven't seen before.

The Latin root may help students remember the more advanced vocabulary words:

arboretum (n): a place where trees and shrubs are grown for scientific study or public display.

arboreal (adj): of trees; living or moving in trees. Monkeys and lemurs, young children, adults young at heart, all are arboreal by nature.

arborist (n): a tree doctor, an expert in the cultivation and care of trees.

arborization (n): when minerals or fossils take on a tree-like appearance.

arbor (n): shady and leafy, a recess formed by trees and shrubs. Also an arch of latticework covered with crawling vines or flowers.

arboriform (adj): shaped like a tree or the branches of a tree. The arboriform coral of the barrier reef is so beautiful.

arboret (n): a small tree or shrub.

arboresque (adj): having the quality or appearance of a tree.

arborescent (adj): like a tree in size or shape; growing into a tree.

arborator (n): one who plants or prunes trees.

arboreous (adj): full of trees, abounding in trees. The arboreous landscapes of Oregon will always be home for me.

arbored (adj): lined with trees, shaded.

arboriculture (n): the cultivation of trees or shrubs.

arborolatry (n): the worship of trees.

arborous (n): of or pertaining to trees.

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