- Genus Ailanthus, family Simaroubaceae: several species, in particular the tree of heaven.
- 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.
Modern Latin, from French ailante, from Ambonese ailanto, literally 'tree of heaven' (the ending being influenced by names ending with -anthus, from Greek anthos 'flower').
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