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Arbor Day

a day, varying in date but always in the spring, observed in certain states of the U.S. by the planting of trees.
Origin of Arbor Day
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He made no reply, going on carefully with his arbor-day practice.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
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Arbor Day

the day set aside for the planting of trees, first celebrated 1872 in Nebraska, the brainchild of U.S. agriculturalist and journalist J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902). From Latin arbor "tree," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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