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Ailanthus   Listen

Any of several deciduous Asian trees of the genus Ailanthus.

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"Ailanthus" Quotes from Famous Books

... no scale to check our own evolutions; though indeed the switch of office abounded there, for what I best recover in the connection is a sense and smell of perpetual autumn, with the ground so muffled in the leaves and twigs of the now long defunct ailanthus-tree that most of our own motions were a kicking of them up—the semi-sweet rankness of the plant was all in the air—and small boys pranced about as cavaliers whacking their steeds. There were bigger boys, bolder still, to whom this vegetation, or something ...
— A Small Boy and Others • Henry James

... We forded one broad, deep river, and crossed another, partly by fording and partly in a scow, after which the track left the level, and, after passing through reedy grass as high as the horse's ears, went for some miles up and down hill, through woods composed entirely of the Ailanthus glandulosus, with leaves much riddled by the mountain silk-worm, and a ferny undergrowth of the familiar Pteris aquilina. The deep shade and glancing lights of this open copsewood were very pleasant; and as the horse tripped gaily ...
— Unbeaten Tracks in Japan • Isabella L. Bird

Words linked to "Ailanthus" :   tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima, genus Ailanthus, flowering tree, angiospermous tree, tree of the gods

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