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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Thuja \Thu"ja\ (th[=u]"j[.a]), n. [NL., from Gr. qyi`a an African tree with sweet-smelling wood.] (Bot.) A genus of evergreen trees, thickly branched, remarkable for the distichous arrangement of their branches, and having scalelike, closely imbricated, or compressed leaves. [Written also thuya.] See Thyine wood. [1913 Webster] Note: Thuja occidentalis is the Arbor vitae of the Eastern and Northern United States. Thuja gigantea of North-western America is a very large tree, there called red cedar, and canoe cedar, and furnishes a useful timber. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Arbor vitae \Ar"bor vi"t[ae]\ [L., tree of life.] 1. (Bot.) An evergreen tree of the cypress tribe, genus Thuja. The American species is the Thuja occidentalis. It is commonly used as an ornamental shrub around homes. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. (Anat.) The treelike disposition of the gray and white nerve tissues in the cerebellum, as seen in a vertical section. [1913 Webster]