n. type of tree

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • ailanthus — ailanthic, adj. /ay lan theuhs/, n., pl. ailanthuses. any tree belonging to the genus Ailanthus, of the quassia family, esp. A. altissima, widely grown in cities. Cf. tree of heaven. [1788; < NL Ailantus, Ailanthus (th by assoc. with Gk ánthos… …   Universalium

  • ailanthus — [ā lan′thəs] n. pl. ailanthuses [ModL, altered (by assoc. with Gr anthos, flower) < ai lanit, lit., tree of heaven, the name in a language of Moluccas, Indonesia] any tree or shrub of a genus (Ailanthus) of the quassia family, having pointed… …   English World dictionary

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