tree of heaven

noun phrase

: 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

Examples of tree of heaven in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tree of heaven was in 1845

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“Tree of heaven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tree of heaven

: a Chinese tree that is widely planted as a shade and ornamental tree and has leaves divided into many leaflets and ill-smelling male flowers

Medical Definition

tree of heaven

tree of heav·​en -ˈhev-ən How to pronounce tree of heaven (audio)
: 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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