- any tree of the genus Thuja, comprising the arborvitaes.
- the wood of the sandarac tree.
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
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.
- 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
C18: from New Latin, from Medieval Latin thuia, ultimately from Greek thua name of an African tree