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Definition relating to trees — often of a species that lives in trees
  • arboreal apes
  • As they proceeded and the sun rose higher, the voices of the arboreal jungle life rose in discordant notes and loud chattering about them.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan the Untamed
  • ...he spends his days in arboreal seclusion.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • These trees were without a doubt the gates into a meerkat arboreal city with more bustle in it than Calcutta.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But it was equally possible that stobor were completely arboreal and his one chance lay in climbing down quickly and spending the night on the ground.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • I was sure they were vegetarians until I saw Del munching on the cold corpse of an infant arboreal.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It was a comfortable bed, and the lymrill had come to prefer its soft mattress and downy comforter to his arboreal habitat.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Only short blocks away traffic flowed turbulently on Flatbush Avenue, a place intensely urban, cacophonous, cluttered, swarming with jangled souls and nerves; but here the arboreal green and the pollen-hazy light, the infrequent trucks and cars, the casual pace of the few strollers at the park's border all created the effect of an outlying area in a modest Southern city—Richmond perhaps, or Chattanooga or Columbia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Our arboreal ancestors, Crake used to say.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He scans the horizon from his arboreal vantage point, but he can't see anything that looks like smoke.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • How many forlorn hours in the arboreal city with only meerkats for company?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I had never seen them cook a meal, not even the rare corpse of an arboreal they devoured.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Arboreal, a fine word.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • In Connecticut, somewhere on the beautiful winding arboreal highway that stretches north and south along the riverbank between New Milford and Canaan, there had been an old country inn with slanted oak floors, a sunny white bedroom with samplers on the wall, two damp panting Irish setters downstairs and the smell of applewood burning in the fireplace—and it was there, Sophie told me that night, that Nathan tried to take her life and then end his own in what has come to be known in the...
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Moreover, they drop the /u/ in many derivatives, for example, in /arboreal/, /armory/, /clamorously/, /clangorous/, /odoriferous/, /humorist/, /laborious/ and /rigorism/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In the mild breezes of the west and of the east the lofty trees wave in different directions their firstclass foliage, the wafty sycamore, the Lebanonian cedar, the exalted planetree, the eugenic eucalyptus and other ornaments of the arboreal world with which that region is thoroughly well supplied.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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