Origin of prickly ash
An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Some oak woodland on the W. side, but the whole bottom covered with prickly-ash.
- 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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