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ailanthus


noun, plural ai·lan·thus·es.

  1. any tree belonging to the genus Ailanthus, of the quassia family, especially A. altissima, widely grown in cities.

noun plural -thuses

  1. an E Asian simaroubaceous deciduous tree, Ailanthus altissima, planted in Europe and North America, having pinnate leaves, small greenish flowers, and winged fruitsAlso called: tree of heaven
n.

“tree of heaven,” 1807, Modern Latin, from Amboyna (Malay) ailanto “tree of the gods;” spelling altered by influence of Greek anthos “flower” (see anther).

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