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thuja

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noun thu·ja \ˈthü-jə, ˈthyü-\

Definition of thuja

  1. :  any of a genus (Thuja) of evergreen shrubs and trees (as an arborvitae) of the cypress family having scalelike closely imbricated or compressed leaves



Origin of thuja

New Latin Thuja, from Medieval Latin thuia, a cedar, from Greek thyia, from thyein to sacrifice — more at thyme


First Known Use: circa 1760


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