A kind of latticework formed of, or covered with, vines, branches of trees, or other plants, for shade; a bower.

Origin: OE. Herber, herbere, properly a garden of herbs, F. Herbier, fr. L. Herbarium. See Herb, and cf. Herbarium.

1. <botany> A tree, as distinguished from a shrub.

2. [Cf. F. Arbre.

<mechanics> An axle or spindle of a wheel or opinion. A mandrel in lathe turning. Arbor Day, a day appointed for planting trees and shrubs.

Origin: L, a tree, a beam.

(01 Mar 1998)