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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.
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).
arbor vitae See THUJA.
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