[[t]ˌɑr bərˈvaɪ ti[/t]] n.
1) pln any of several evergreen trees of the genus Thuja, of the cypress family, having a scaly bark and scalelike leaves on branchlets
2) anat. Also, ar′bor vi′tae. a treelike longitudinal pattern formed by the white and gray matter of the brain
Etymology: 1655–65; < NL, L: tree of life

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • arborvitae — noun Etymology: New Latin arbor vitae, literally, tree of life Date: 1646 any of various evergreen trees and shrubs (especially genus Thuja) of the cypress family that usually have closely overlapping or compressed scale leaves and are often… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arborvitae — noun a) Any of several North American or Asian conifers, of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis, grown for timber or ornament. b) The white nerve tissue of the cerebellum that has a branching structure …   Wiktionary

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