[ ahr-ber-vahy-tee ]
/ ˌɑr bərˈvaɪ ti /
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.
Anatomy. arbor vitae.
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Origin of arborvitae
1655–65 for def. 1; 1790–1800 for def. 2; <Latin: tree of life
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Definition for arborvitae (2 of 2)
[ ahr-ber -vahy-tee ]
/ ˈɑr bər ˈvaɪ ti /
a treelike appearance in a vertical section of the cerebellum, due to the arrangement of the white and gray nerve tissues.
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British Dictionary definitions for arborvitae
/ (ˈɑːbɔː ˈviːtaɪ, ˈvaɪtiː) /
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
C17: from New Latin, literally: tree of life
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