arbor vitae


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arbor vitae

any of several Asian and North American evergreen coniferous trees of the genera Thuja and Thujopsis, esp Thuja occidentalis, having tiny scalelike leaves and egglike cones

arbor vitae

[′är·bər ′vīd·ē]
(neuroscience)
The treelike arrangement of white nerve tissue seen in a median section of the cerebellum.
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Two of the most influential and often-quoted works were the Meditationes vitae christi, thought at the time to be by Saint Bonaventure, and Ubertino of Casale's Arbor vitae crucifixae iesu, both dating from the beginning of the fourteenth century.
Most of the trees are white pines, spruce and arbor vitae and are situated on the crest and downstream slope of the dike.
Flavour of Parallel from Arbor Vitae Press (and still they keep appearing, these new small publishers, if it wasn't for the internet this would be a golden age).
Rockman also makes huge phylum paintings that derive from a construct often seen in biology texts, the common Arbor Vitae diagram, which shows a tree whose trunk and branches support a progressive array of life forms ascending from bugs and other despicable forms down around the roots, upward through the birds and mammals, to, on the topmost branch, the peak achievement of all life - Homo sapiens.