Arbor vitae

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arbor vitae Common name for five species of trees or shrubs of the genus Thuja, resinous, evergreen conifers of the cypress family native to North America and e Asia. They have thin outer bark, fibrous inner bark, and characteristically flattened branches. Family Cupressaceae.

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arbor vitae. Thuja articulata, or white cedar, with figured parts called Tigerwood and Pantherwood, used for inlay, also employed for fine work (e.g. the retablo in Seville Cathedral, of 1482–1550).

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arbor vitae See THUJA.