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 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

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

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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