Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several North American or eastern Asian evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Thuja, having flattened branchlets with opposite, scalelike leaves and small cones. They are grown as ornamentals and for timber.
  • noun Any similar plant of the related genera Platycladus or Thujopsis.
  • noun Anatomy The white nerve tissue of the cerebellum, which has a treelike outline in a median section.

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  • noun Any of several North American or Asian conifers, of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis, grown for timber or ornament.
  • noun anatomy The white nerve tissue of the cerebellum that has a branching structure.

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  • noun any of several Asian and North American conifers of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis

Etymologies

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[From New Latin arbor vītae, tree of life : Latin arbor, tree + Latin vītae, genitive of vīta, life; see vital.]

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from Latin arbor, tree, and vitae, of life.

Examples

  • Then name arborvitae comes from the [[Latin]] word meaning "'' Tree of Life ''".

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  • Then name arborvitae comes from the [[Latin]] word meaning "'' Tree of Life ''".

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  • Evergreens such as arborvitae and juniper with more than one central stem are more prone to bending and breaking in inclement weather, and once bent, don't recover well.

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  • If you have junipers and other flammable plants such as arborvitae next to your house, your home is at a greater risk of an ember-caused fire than if you do not.

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  • It has been given the name "[[arborvitae]]," meaning the "Tree of Life."

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  • If you have junipers and other flammable plants such as arborvitae next to your house, your home is at a greater risk of an ember-caused fire than if you do not.

    Nevada Appeal - Top Stories

  • It has been given the name "[[arborvitae]]," meaning the "Tree of Life."

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • If you have junipers and other flammable plants such as arborvitae next to your house, your home is at a greater risk of an ember-caused fire than if you do not.

    Nevada Appeal - Top Stories

  • The restaurant next door to the haven had a strange portico embellished with an old car, neon lights, and tall arborvitae in containers.

    Arcane Circle

  • The restaurant next door to the haven had a strange portico embellished with an old car, neon lights, and tall arborvitae in containers.

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  • ...the marble Mercury that had been looking over his shoulder had been transformed into an attentive arborvitae.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 5, 2008