• synonyms

prickly ash

  1. Also called Northern prickly ash, toothache tree. a citrus shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, having aromatic leaves and usually prickly branches.
  2. Hercules-club(def 2).
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Origin of prickly ash

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Historical Examples

  • Some oak woodland on the W. side, but the whole bottom covered with prickly-ash.

    The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume I (of 3)

    Elliott Coues

British Dictionary definitions for prickly ash

prickly ash

  1. 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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