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ailanthus

noun ai·lan·thus \ā-ˈlan(t)-thəs\

Definition of AILANTHUS

:  any of a small Asian genus (Ailanthus of the family Simaroubaceae, the ailanthus family) of chiefly tropical trees and shrubs with bitter bark, pinnate leaves, and terminal panicles of ill-scented greenish flowers; especially :  tree of heaven

Origin of AILANTHUS

New Latin, from Kamarian (Austronesian language of the Piru Bay region, Seram) ai lanito, literally, the sky tree, or from a cognate phrase in a related central Moluccan language
First Known Use: 1789

ailanthus

noun ai·lan·thus \ā-ˈlan(t)-thəs, ī-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AILANTHUS

1
capitalized :  a small genus of chiefly tropical Asian trees and shrubs (family Simaroubaceae) with bitter bark, pinnate leaves, and terminal panicles of ill-scented greenish flowers; especially :  tree of heaven
2
:  a tree of the genus Ailanthus

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