tree of heaven

Definitions

  • Ailanthus. Tree of Heaven
    Ailanthus. Tree of Heaven
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tree of heaven deciduous rapidly growing tree of China with foliage like sumac and sweetish fetid flowers; widely planted in United States as a street tree because of its resistance to pollution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tree of heaven (Bot) an ornamental tree (Ailantus glandulosus) having long, handsome pinnate leaves, and greenish flowers of a disagreeable odor.
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Usage

In literature:

The sun rose high in the heavens, and he lay down at the foot of a tree.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
The quiet trees might have been dreaming of heaven, Susy thought.
"Little Prudy" by Sophie May
He had sat under no teacher except the birds and the trees and the winds of heaven.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Thus tall trees and lofty towers seem always specially to invite the thunderbolts of Heaven.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
It's a tree of heaven, I suppose.
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
The sun was still high in the heavens when she entered the well-remembered avenue of shady chestnut-trees.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Vanheimert looked about him; only the ring of impenetrable trees and the deep blue eye of Heaven would see what really happened.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
In a breath you are out from under the pine-trees, and a whole heavenful of stars reels and flashes overhead.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Peering among the trees he saw Washington on his knees, beseeching the help of heaven in the struggle for liberty.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
As I gained the Walk, the moon was high and bright in heaven, pouring a flood of mild light over the trees.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 3" by Various
He lets the tree of no earthly happiness grow into heaven.
"The Romance of the Canoness" by Paul Heyse
As I gained the Walk, the moon was high and bright in heaven, pouring a flood of mild light over the trees.
"Tales from Blackwood, Volume 3" by Various
We talked spasmodically until the stems of the date trees gradually began to stand out against the increasing light in the heavens.
"The Treasure of the Tigris" by A. F. Mockler Ferryman
The heavenly company comes to a stop in a deep valley, and the Angel of the Lord stands there among the myrtle trees.
"Studies in Zechariah" by Arno C. Gaebelein
And Heaven knows how delicious were those lessons under the shabby ragged tree that shaded one half of the yard!
"Shrewsbury" by Stanley J. Weyman
Millions of forest-trees sprang up, towered to heaven, and fell, to be crushed into the coal strata which make our winter fires.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
Her mood that night was like the passage of a blown leaf, tossed up to heaven, whirled over the tree-tops, driven down again into the mire.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
In Heaven's name, where did the horrible, appalling significance of the Wood of Living Trees come from?
"The Scarecrow and Other Stories" by G. Ranger Wormser
He dreamed of a tree which had raised its head even up to Heaven and now must be hewn down.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin
The view from the old tree accorded well with the stormy aspect of the heavens on that day.
"Ruins and Old Trees, Associated with Memorable Events in English History" by Mary Roberts
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In poetry:

The trees are bare, the sun is cold,
And seldom, seldom seen;
The heavens have lost their zone of gold,
And earth her robe of green.
"The Bluebell" by Emily Jane Bronte
The songs are sweet they sing beneath
The trees of life so fair,
But sweetest of the songs of heaven
Shall be her children's prayer.
"The Sisters - A Picture" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Like the moon in starry heavens
Shines her face among her people,
And her form hath all the languor,
Grace and glamour of the palm-tree.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
And there, midst trees of mighty root,
Forever robed in fadeless green,
And groaning 'neath ambrosial fruit,
Bright heavenly visitants were seen.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
The angel turn'd, and ere his hands
The gates of bliss for ever close,
Pluck'd from the fairest tree that stands
Within heaven's walls—the peerless rose.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Verses are not of these;
They bloom on earthly trees,
Poised on a low-hung stem,
And those may gather them
Who cannot fly to where
The heavenly gardens are.
"Prelude" by Susan Coolidge