Dendrographia (derives from Greek dendron “tree” and grapho “to write”), is a rhetorical device exclusively for the designation of a written (grapho) description of a tree (dendron), usually with an aura of illusionary reality.

The dendrographia belongs to the sub-set of EnargiaOpens in new window, which is the generic name for the likes figures of description. The description can be represented verbally as well as visually.

Notable Example

  1. “Its trunk was but a wizened arm, its branches bony fingers grasping vainly at the winter sky.”

    — (Gideon O Burton, Silva Rhetoricae)

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  • References
    • Silver Rhetoricae, Figures by Gideon O. Burton, DendrographiaOpens in new window
    • Lanham, Richard A. (1991). A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms (Print). Los Angeles California: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520273689.

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