1. any of several deciduous Asian trees of the genus Ailanthus
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How To Use ailanthus In A Sentence

  • When I read how many thousands of dollars a city like New York has to spend to keep underground water pipes free of ailanthus, ginko, and sycamore roots, I cannot help but give a little cheer. Nature & Environment
  • I crossed a vacant lot, a parking lot filled with cinders and broken glass and longed for an ailanthus tree to break the prison-gray walls and ground all around. All the Way to Heaven is Heaven
  • Barberry, knotweed, and ailanthus are just some of the horticultural immigrants that continue to out-compete many of our indigenous species.
  • Oudolf has made some knowing winks to New York City's indigenous (or ubiquitous) plant life, including his use of sumac, a shrub with compound leaves reminiscent of Ailanthus altissima, the weedlike "tree of heaven" apostrophized in Betty Smith's best-selling novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn of 1943 as an archetypal urban survivor accustomed to the toughest settings. Up in the Park
  • They saw the ailanthus jungle and the smash heap of mortified cars and they looked at the six-story slab of painted angels with streamers rippled above their cherub heads. Underworld
  • We see that all the time here, as what starts as a few ailanthus become a stand of solid ailanthus.
  • I was hoping to find a crack in the pavement where my ailanthus of a poem could take root. THE ANTHOLOGIST
  • Chop down an ailanthus or robinia tree and distant suckers will pop up. Times, Sunday Times
  • If you're not on friendly terms with them, you could print out The Monday Garden article on ailanthus and stick it under their front door.
  • Close-set buildings, laundry lines, slant light, patches of weeds, a few would-be gardens and bare ailanthus trees and the fire escapes that fixed fretwork patterns of light and shade on the walls and paved surfaces. Underworld
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