[ hur-kyuh-leez-kluhb ]

  1. Also called Southern prickly ash . a prickly tree, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, of the rue family, having a medicinal bark and berries.

  2. Also called angelica tree, devil's-walking-stick, prickly ash. a prickly shrub, of the ginseng family, Aralia spinosa, having a medicinal bark and root.

Origin of Hercules-club

First recorded in 1680–90

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British Dictionary definitions for Hercules'-club


  1. a prickly North American araliaceous shrub, Aralia spinosa, with medicinal bark and leaves

  2. a prickly North American rutaceous tree, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, with medicinal bark and berries

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