noun ar·bor·vi·tae \ˌär-bər-ˈvī-tē\

Definition of arborvitae

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of arborvitae

New Latin arbor vitae, literally, tree of life

First Known Use: 1646

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