any tree or shrub of a genus (Ailanthus) of the quassia family, having pointed leaflets, fine-grained wood, and clusters of small, greenish flowers with an unpleasant odor
Origin of ailanthusModL, altered (by associated, association with Classical Greek anthos, flower) from ai lanit, literally , tree of heaven, the name in a language of Moluccas, Indonesia
Any of several deciduous Asian trees of the genus Ailanthus, especially the tree of heaven.
Origin of ailanthusNew Latin Ailanthus genus name coined ( perhaps with influence from Greek anthos flower ) by French botanist René Louiche Desfontaines (1750-1833) from a source in one of the Malayo-Polynesian languages of the coast and islands of Piru Bay, Seram, such as ai lanit (term used on the south Seram coast), literally “sky tree,” the tall tropical Asian tree tree Ailanthus integrifolia ai tree ( from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian kahiw ; see cajeput. ) lanit sky ( akin to Malay langit ) ( from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian laŋit ) (of Proto-Austronesian origin)
From New Latin Ailanthus, from Ambonese ai lanto (“tree (of) heaven”)