thu·​ja ˈthü-jə How to pronounce thuja (audio)
: any of a genus (Thuja) of evergreen shrubs and trees (such as an arborvitae) of the cypress family that are native to North America and eastern Asia, have flattened branchlets with closely overlapping scalelike leaves, and include various dwarf horticultural cultivars

Examples of thuja in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ordinance also required them to completely remove from their property all acacia, bamboo, thuja, juniper, Italian cypress, gorse and four types of broom. Kathleen Pender,, 23 Nov. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thuja was in 1738

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“Thuja.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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