follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

devil's-walking-stick

[dev-uh lz-waw-king-stik] /ˈdɛv əlzˈwɔ kɪŋˌstɪk/
noun
1.
Hercules'-club (def 2).
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for devil's walking stick

prickly ash

(species Aralia spinosa), prickly-stemmed shrub or tree, of the ginseng family (Araliaceae), that can reach a height of 15 m (about 50 feet). Its leaves are large, with leaflets arranged feather-fashion and often prickly. The angelica tree is native to low-lying areas from Delaware to Indiana, south to Florida, and as far west as Texas.

Learn more about prickly ash with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for devil's-walking-stick

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for devil

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends