arborvitae

noun
ar·​bor·​vi·​tae | \ ˌär-bər-ˈvī-tē How to pronounce arborvitae (audio) \

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

Examples of arborvitae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To control the size of an individual arborvitae or a hedge, prune it regularly and always within the green area. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 21 Feb. 2021 My arborvitae are turning yellow at an alarming rate. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 5 Nov. 2020 At least the arborvitae don't seem to mind the occasional swipe from a side mirror. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, 30 May 2020 That’s because arborvitae are actually cone-shaped trees, not shrubs. Boston.com Real Estate, 17 Oct. 2019 Bob decided to stop at the cemetery where four generations of his family are buried, a little grouping of graves next to a white church in a stand of arborvitae trees. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 12 Aug. 2019 Bob decided to stop at the cemetery where four generations of his family are buried, a little grouping of graves next to a white church in a stand of arborvitae trees. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 12 Aug. 2019 Bob decided to stop at the cemetery where four generations of his family are buried, a little grouping of graves next to a white church in a stand of arborvitae trees. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 12 Aug. 2019 Bob decided to stop at the cemetery where four generations of his family are buried, a little grouping of graves next to a white church in a stand of arborvitae trees. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of arborvitae

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arborvitae

New Latin arbor vitae, literally, tree of life

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The first known use of arborvitae was in 1646

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“Arborvitae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arborvitae. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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