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? asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 years ago

Latin speakers only (google translate guys go away no one like you)?

How would you translate "The Tree of Life" into Latin?

Google translate gave me this: Lignum Vitae.

But I know better than to trust it.

Also, please write all possible ways to translate it to Latin (like, if there are multiple ways of "tree" and/or "life" [synonyms] then write them down).

Thank you.


I'm talking about the biblical tree of life, the one that was made alongside the tree of knowledge.

4 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    The Tree of Life normally refers to th The Cross (especially when you write it in Latin).

    Lignum Vitae literally means The Timber of Life - but is the way one would normally refer to the The Cross.

    If you mean Yggdrasil (or something like that) you would probably say Arbor Vitae.


    Genesis 3:22 in the Vulgate reads:

    et ait ecce Adam factus est quasi unus ex nobis sciens bonum et malum nunc ergo ne forte mittat manum suam et sumat etiam de ligno vitae et comedat et vivat in aeternum

    So the phrase you want is 'lignum vitae' ('de ligno vitae' mean 'from the Tree of Life').

  • 10 years ago

    "arbor" is another Latin word for tree, but I can only guess that it's masculine since "arbre" is in French.

    I don't know a lot of Latin speakers, for some reason.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    you are picking my nerves, you know that right?

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