- any tree belonging to the genus Ailanthus, of the quassia family, especially A. altissima, widely grown in cities.
Origin of ailanthus
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Historical Examples of ailanthus
Even the ailanthus blossoms had ceased their snow-like dropping.
Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.
The ailanthus tree waved in the sunlight before the little house.
The Ailanthus, or "Tree of Heaven," is best raised in this way.Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
She had noticed the day before that the ailanthus was growing dusty.
- 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
Word Origin for ailanthus
"tree of heaven," 1807, Modern Latin, from Amboyna (Malay) ailanto "tree of the gods;" spelling altered by influence of Greek anthos "flower" (see anther).