Ailanthus Definition

ā-lănthəs
ailanthuses
noun
Any of several deciduous Asian trees of the genus Ailanthus, especially the tree of heaven.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Simaroubaceae — A small group of trees native to Asia, some now invasive elsewhere.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Ailanthus

Noun

Singular:
ailanthus
Plural:
ailanthuses

Origin of Ailanthus

  • New Latin Ailanthus genus name alteration (influenced by Greek anthos flower) of Ambonese ai lanto tree of heaven ai tree lanto heaven

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin Ailanthus, from Ambonese ai lanto (“tree (of) heaven”)

    From Wiktionary

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