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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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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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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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