prickly ash


noun

Also called Northern prickly ash, toothache tree. a citrus shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, having aromatic leaves and usually prickly branches.

Origin of prickly ash

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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prickly ash


noun

a North American rutaceous shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, having prickly branches, feathery aromatic leaves, and bark used as a remedy for toothacheAlso called: toothache tree
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