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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 and Etymology 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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