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, alteration (influenced by Greek anthos, flower) of Ambonese ai lanto, tree of heaven : ai, tree + lanto, heaven.
From New Latin Ailanthus, from Ambonese ai lanto (“tree (of) heaven”)