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  1. any tree of the genus Thuja, comprising the arborvitaes.
  2. the wood of the sandarac tree.
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Also thuya.

Origin of thuja

1750–60; < New Latin, Medieval Latin thuia, < Medieval Greek thuía, for Greek thýa kind of African tree
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Examples from the Web for thuja

Historical Examples

  • The Thuja Cerate is a valuable application for malignant ulcers.

    An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art

    B. L. Hill

  • Thuja occidentalis (American arbor-vit), one of the prevailing.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Perhaps the scent of the Thuja and the Juniperus is offensive to them.

    Man and Nature

    George P. Marsh

  • Thuja gigantea, a tree which to the Indian is what the bamboo is to the Chinese.

  • They chisel them out of the great cedar (Thuja gigantea) trees in this district, for sale to other tribes.

British Dictionary definitions for thuja



  1. any of various coniferous trees of the genus Thuja, of North America and East Asia, having scalelike leaves, small cones, and an aromatic wood: family CupressaceaeSee also arbor vitae
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Medieval Latin thuia, ultimately from Greek thua name of an African tree
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