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prickly ash

Also called northern prickly ash, toothache tree. a citrus shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, having aromatic leaves and usually prickly branches.
Hercules-club (def 2).
1700-10, Americanism Unabridged
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  • Shrubs are invading the openings with gray dogwood, smooth sumac, and prickly ash forming dense thickets in places.
  • White-tailed deer seek sanctuary from winter winds in thick patches of cedar, willow, plum and prickly ash.
  • Invasive shrubs such as honeysuckle, buckthorn, and prickly ash are found in scattered pockets.
British Dictionary definitions for prickly ash

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 toothache Also called toothache tree
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Encyclopedia Article for 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.

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