Definition of ailanthus in English:

ailanthus

Syllabification: ai·lan·thus
Pronunciation: /āˈlanTHəs
 
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noun

A tall large-leaved deciduous tree that is widely grown as an ornamental or shade tree. Native to Asia and Australasia, it has been naturalized in North America and central and southern Europe.
More example sentences
  • He'd describe his love for this tree that grew all over North Philadelphia, the ailanthus - something I'd always considered a big weed.
  • Barberry, knotweed, ailanthus, and the brilliant Euonymus known as burning bush are just some of the horticultural immigrants that continue to out-compete many of our indigenous species.
  • There won't even be an ailanthus tree and a broken fountain in the back yard.

Origin

modern Latin, from French ailante, from Amboinese ailanto, literally 'tree of heaven' (the ending being influenced by names ending with -anthus, from Greek anthos 'flower').

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