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arbor vitae

[ahr-ber vahy-tee] /ˈɑr bər ˈvaɪ ti/
noun, Anatomy.
a treelike appearance in a vertical section of the cerebellum, due to the arrangement of the white and gray nerve tissues. Unabridged
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  • From a covert of arbor-vitae they looked directly up the creek and through the archway.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • The lumber resembles that of arbor-vitae, and is used for the same purposes.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Among the maples are numerous young firs and a few young hemlocks and arbor-vitae.

  • The arbor-vitae is found in northeastern and northwestern America, China, and Japan.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Altogether, there are thirty-five species of juniper recognized and four of arbor-vitae.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • The Western arbor-vitae 24 (Thuja gigantea) grows to a size truly gigantic on low rich ground.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • Thus there are very compact condensed forms of arbor-vitae, Norway spruce, peach-tree.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • The foliage of the arbor-vitae is of a lighter color than that of the red cedar, which is sombre green.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • As he came up to the front walk, between the arbor-vitae hedges, he saw that the parlor windows were alight.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The arbor-vitae will generally be found growing in moist locations, while the red cedar will grow in dry places as well.

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

arbor vitae

/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 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

arbor vitae


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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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