arborvitae

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin arbor (tree) +‎ vitae (of life).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General American)
    • IPA(key): /ˌɑɹbɚˈvaɪti/, [ˌɑɹbɚˈvaɪɾi], (Canadian raising) [ˌɑɹbɚˈvəɪɾi]
    • IPA(key): /ˌɑɹbɚˈvaɪtə/

Noun[edit]

arborvitae (plural arborvitaes)

  1. Any of several North American or Asian conifers, of the genera Thuja, Platycladus and Thujopsis, or the species Platycladus orientalis, grown for timber or ornament.
  2. (anatomy) The white nerve tissue of the cerebellum that has a branching structure.