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arborvitae

[ahr-ber-vahy-tee] /ˌɑr bərˈvaɪ ti/
noun
1.
any of several ornamental or timber-producing evergreen trees belonging to the genus Thuja, of the cypress family, native to North America and eastern Asia, having a scaly bark and scalelike leaves on branchlets.
2.
Anatomy. arbor vitae.
Origin of arborvitae
1655-1665
1655-65 for def 1; 1790-1800 for def 2; < Latin: tree of life
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