Definition of arborvitae
: 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 grown for ornament and in hedges
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Conducted by plant company Proven Winners, the online bracket-style competition pitted all kinds of shrubs – from arborvitae to weigela – against each other in a leafy version of basketball’s March Madness.
A K9 unit was called in and caught the man hiding in some arborvitae.
There was no landscaping yet — no Rose of Sharon hedge, no arborvitae screen, no butterfly garden, but the cargo on that flatbed trailer was more special than all of that.
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Origin and Etymology of arborvitae
New Latin arbor vitae, literally, tree of life
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
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