from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of trees, natural order Simarubaceæ.
- noun [lowercase] A tree of the genus Ailantus, or the genus collectively: as, the ailantus, when once established, is difficult to eradicate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A genus of beautiful trees, natives of the East Indies. The tree imperfectly diœcious, and the staminate or male plant is very offensive when blossom.
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In the registration office at the Festival HQ there's the UK crime writer Peter James, a Dutch publisher Lidewijde Paris of Ailantus, a new imprint, and Alissa York, an up-and-coming Canadian novelist.
On the trees were to be seen -- _Attacus cynthia_ (the Ailantus silkworm), the rearing of which was, as usual, most successful; _Samia cecropia_ and _Samia gloveri_, from America; also hybrids of _Gloveri cecropia_ and _Cecropia gloveri_; _Samia promethea_ and _Telea polyphemus_;
It is, therefore, probable that the Ailantus would be the most suitable European tree for the Atlas, and the oak for the Mylitta. "
In a letter dated 24th August, 1881, my correspondent says: "The Atlas moth seems to be a near relation of the Cynthia, and would probably feed on the Ailantus.