ailanthus

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noun ai·lan·thus \ā-ˈlan(t)-thəs\

Definition of ailanthus

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

ailanthus

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noun ai·lan·thus \ā-ˈlan(t)-thəs, ī-\

Medical Definition of ailanthus

  1. 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. 2:  a tree of the genus Ailanthus


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