Origin of arborescentClassical Latin arborescens, present participle of arborescere, to become a tree ; from arbor, tree: see arbor
Origin of arborescentLatin arbor&emacron;sc&emacron;ns, arbor&emacron;scent-, present participle of arbor&emacron;scere, to grow to be a tree, from arbor, tree.
(comparative more arborescent, superlative most arborescent)
- Like a tree; having a structure or appearance similar to a tree's; branching.
- (philosophy) Marked by insistence on totalizing principles, binarism and dualism (opposed to the rhizome theory).
- Deleuze criticizes the Chomsky hierarchy of formal languages, which he considers a perfect example of arborescent dualistic theory.
First attested around 1675, from Latin arborēscēns, present active participle of arborēscō (“become a tree”). The philosophical sense refers to the way genealogy trees are drawn.