tree of heaven

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Definition of tree of heaven

: a Chinese ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima synonym A. glandulosa) that has foliage similar to that of the sumacs, has ill-scented staminate flowers, and is grown as a shade and ornamental tree

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree of heaven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of tree of heaven

: an Asian tree of the genus Ailanthus (A. glandulosa) widely grown as a shade and ornamental tree and having bark that has been used as a tonic, purgative, and anthelmintic

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