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thu·ja

 (tho͞o′jə, thyo͞o′-)
[New Latin Thuja, arborvitae genus, from Medieval Latin thuia, sandarac, variant of Latin thya, from Greek thuā, thuiā.]

thuja

(ˈθuːjə) or

thuya

n
(Plants) any of various coniferous trees of the genus Thuja, of North America and East Asia, having scalelike leaves, small cones, and an aromatic wood: family Cupressaceae. See also arbor vitae
[C18: from New Latin, from Medieval Latin thuia, ultimately from Greek thua name of an African tree]

thu•ja

(ˈθu dʒə)

n., pl. -jas.
1. any tree of the genus Thuja, comprising the arborvitaes.
2. the wood of the sandarac tree.
[1750–60; < New Latin, Medieval Latin thuia, < Medieval Greek thuía, for Greek thýa kind of African tree]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thuja - red cedarThuja - red cedar        
gymnosperm genus - a genus of gymnosperms
Cupressaceae, cypress family, family Cupressaceae - cypresses and junipers and many cedars
canoe cedar, red cedar, Thuja plicata, western red cedar - large valuable arborvitae of northwestern United States
American arborvitae, northern white cedar, Thuja occidentalis, white cedar - small evergreen of eastern North America having tiny scalelike leaves on flattened branchlets
Oriental arborvitae, Platycladus orientalis, Thuja orientalis - Asiatic shrub or small tree widely planted in United States and Europe; in some classifications assigned to its own genus
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