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arbor vitae

[ahr-ber vahy-tee] /ˈɑr bər ˈvaɪ ti/
noun, Anatomy
1.
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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  • It is easy to remember that lignum vitae is one of the hardest woods and arbor vitae one of the softest.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • I am going into the garden and walk to the arbor vitae hedge.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • From this a straight avenue bordered by arbor vitae trees, conducts to a square plot of ground enclosed by low posts and chains.

  • Another species of arbor vitae is Thuja orientalis, known also as Biota orientalis.

  • The forest was rich, warm with the scent of pine, of arbor vitae.

  • So the march began, through the great forests of arbor vitae and along those rugged, barren coasts.

  • We require an infusion of hemlock, spruce or arbor vitae in our tea.

    Walking Henry David Thoreau
  • It was planted in 1896, and is formed of thick hedges of arbor vitae, about a thousand shrubs being employed.

    Mazes and Labyrinths W. H. Matthews
  • These are much shorter than the needles of the pines but are longer than the leaves of the red cedar or arbor vitae.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
British Dictionary definitions for arbor vitae

arbor vitae

/ˈɑːbɔː ˈviːtaɪ; ˈvaɪtiː/
noun
1.
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 cones See also red cedar
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, literally: tree of life
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Word Origin and History for arbor vitae
n.

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."

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