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arbor vitae

Definition:

any of several Asian and North American conifers of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

arbor vitaes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

arborvitae | thuja | thuya

Etymology:

type of evergreen shrub, name given by French physician and botanist Charles de ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

American Heritage Dictionary:

arborvitae | thuja [sense-specific] | arbor vitae [sense-specific]

Any of several North American or eastern Asian evergreen trees or shrubs of ... | Any similar plant of the genus "Platycladus" or "Thujopsis". | ... (23 of 98 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

arborvitae | thuja [sense-specific] | arbor vitae [sense-specific]

[botany] any of several trees or shrubs (genus Thuja) of the cypress family, with flattened sprays of scalelike leaves | [anatomy] the treelike ... (22 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

arbor vitae

any of several Asian and North American evergreen coniferous trees of the genera "Thuja" and "Thujopsis", especially "Thuja occidentalis", having tiny ... (21 of 302 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Arbor vitae [disambiguation]

/ˌɑrbɔr ˈvaɪtiː/ may refer to: Arbor vitae (anatomy), white matter of the cerebellum | arbor vitæ uteri, a part of the canal of the cervix | Victorian slang for penis | Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, a town, United States | Arbor Vitae (community),... (38 of 129 words, 8 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

arbor vitae | arborvitae | arborvitae: arbor vitae [anatomy, sense-specific]

[anatomy] : a treelike appearance in a vertical section of the cerebellum, due to the arrangement of the white and gray nerve tissues. | "arborvitae" ... (24 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

thuja | thuya | arbor vitae [synonym, sense-specific]

an evergreen coniferous tree of a genus that includes the western red cedar. | Genus Thuja, family Cupressaceae (17 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

arbor vitae | arbor vitaes [plural] | arbores vitae [plural] | Thuja [genus, sense-specific]

[botany] The evergreen trees Arborvitae, genus Thuja. | [anatomy] White matter of the cerebellum. | [obsolete, slang] A man's penis. (18 of 19 words, 3 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

arborvitae [plant]

any of five species of the genus Thuja, resinous, evergreen ornamental and timber conifers of the cypress family, native to North America and eastern ... (24 of 260 words, 3 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

arborvitae

aromatic evergreen tree of the genus "Thuja" of the family Cupressaceae (cypress family), with scalelike leaves borne on flattened branchlets of a ... (22 of 167 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

arborvitae | Thuja [genus]

any of various evergreen trees and shrubs (especially genus Thuja) of the cypress family that usually have closely overlapping or compressed scale ... (22 of 56 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

conifer [countable, biology] | conifers [plural]

a type of tree that produces cones and whose leaves do not fall off in winter. Pines, firs, and yews are conifers. (22 of 48 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

conifer | coniferous [adjective, derived]

one of various types of evergreen (never losing its leaves) tree which produce fruit in the form of cones (19 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conifer

Encarta Dictionary:

arborvitae | arborvitaes [plural] | arbor vitae: arbor vitaes [plural] | arbor vitaes [plural] | arbor vitae | thujas [trees, plural] | thuyas [trees, plural] | Thuja [genus]

an ornamental coniferous tree with flat leaves that fit closely like scales. Native to: Asia, North America. Genus Thuja. (19 of 54 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586574​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

arbor vitae

First use: 1660s

Origin: type of evergreen shrub, name given by French physician and botanist Charles de Lécluse (1525-1609), Latin, literally "tree of life". Also used in ... (24 of 35 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

arbor vitae

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin, literally "tree of life", probably with reference to its medicinal use

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Collins Dictionary:

arbor vitae

First use: 17th century

Origin: from New Latin, literally: tree of life

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Wiktionary:

arbor vitae | arbor vitaes [plural] | arbores vitae [plural]

Origin: Latin arbor ("tree") + vitae, genitive singular of vita ("life")

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arborvitae | arborvitaes [plural]

Origin: Latin arbor, tree, and vitae, of life.

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American Heritage Dictionary:

arborvitae

Origin: From New Latin arbor vītae, tree of life: Latin arbor, tree + Latin vītae, genitive of vīta, life; see "vital".

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Merriam-Webster:

arborvitae

First use: 1646

Origin: New Latin arbor vitae, literally, tree of life

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New World Dictionary:

arborvitae

Origin: Latin, literally, tree of life

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

arborvitae | arborvitaes [plural] | arbor vitae: arbor vitaes [plural] | arbor vitaes [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin, "tree of life"

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

arbor vitae

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the Free Dictionary:

arbor vitae

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arborvitae

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

arborvitae

Audio: North American pronunciation of "arborvitae"

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YourDictionary Audio:

arborvitae

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "arborvitae" by speech synthesizer

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