- a treelike appearance in a vertical section of the cerebellum, due to the arrangement of the white and gray nerve tissues.
Examples from the Web for arbor vitae
Historical Examples of arbor vitae
The lumber resembles that of arbor-vitae, and is used for the same purposes.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
The arbor-vitae is found in northeastern and northwestern America, China, and Japan.Studies of Trees
Jacob Joshua Levison
At the entrance to the grounds an incense-cedar on one side and an arbor-vitae on the other stand dignified guard.A Backward Glance at Eighty
Charles A. Murdock
The Western arbor-vitae 24 (Thuja gigantea) grows to a size truly gigantic on low rich ground.Steep Trails
From a covert of arbor-vitae they looked directly up the creek and through the archway.Prisoners of Hope
- any of several Asian and North American evergreen coniferous trees of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis, esp Thuja occidentalis, having tiny scalelike leaves and egglike conesSee also red cedar
Word Origin for arbor vitae
Word Origin and History for arbor vitae
type of evergreen shrub, 1660s, name given by French physician and botanist Charles de Lécluse (1525-1609), Latin, literally "tree of life." Also used in late 18c. rogue's slang as a cant word for "penis."