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[New Latin Thuja, arborvitae genus, from Medieval Latin thuia, sandarac, variant of Latin thya, from Greek thuā, thuiā.]
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(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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||Thuja - red cedar |
gymnosperm genus - a genus of gymnosperms
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
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