prickly ash
Hercules'-club Hercules'-club, Hercules'-club Hercules'-club, Hercules-club Hercules-clubprop. n. 1. (Bot.) A densely spiny ornamental tree ({Zanthoxylum clava-herculis}) of the rue family, growing in southeast U. S. and West Indies. [WordNet sense 1]

Note: It belongs to the same genus as one of the trees ({Zanthoxylum Americanum}) called {prickly ash}.

Syn: Hercules'-clubs, Hercules-club, {Zanthoxylum clava-herculis}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. A small, prickly, deciduous clump-forming tree or shrub ({Aralia spinosa}) of eastern U.S.; also called {Angelica tree} and {prickly ash}. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: American angelica tree, devil's walking stick, {Aralia spinosa}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

3. A variety of the common gourd ({Lagenaria vulgaris}). Its fruit sometimes exceeds five feet in length. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Prickly ash — Ash Ash ([a^]sh), n. [OE. asch, esh, AS. [ae]sc; akin to OHG. asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prickly ash — (Bot.), 1. A prickly shrub ({Xanthoxylum Americanum}) with yellowish flowers appearing with the leaves; also called {toothache tree}. All parts of the plant are pungent and aromatic. The southern species is {Xanthoxylum Carolinianum}. Gray. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prickly ash — may refer to: * Aralia spinosa * Zanthoxylum …   Wikipedia

  • prickly ash — ☆ prickly ash n. either of two North American shrubs or trees (genus Zanthoxylum) of the rue family, with pinnately compound leaves having paired spines at the base …   English World dictionary

  • prickly ash — noun 1. any of a number of trees or shrubs of the genus Zanthoxylum having spiny branches • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Hyponyms: ↑toothache tree, ↑sea ash, ↑Zanthoxylum americanum, ↑Zanthoxylum fraxineum, ↑Hercules club, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • prickly-ash — amerikinė uosrūtė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Rūtinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Zanthoxylum americanum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot. Zanthoxylum… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • prickly-ash — dygioji aralija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aralijinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Aralia spinosa), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aralia spinosa angl. American angelica tree; devil s walking stick; Hercules club; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • prickly ash — prick′ly ash′ n. pln a prickly shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, of the citrus family, having aromatic leaves • Etymology: 1700–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • prickly ash — noun Date: 1709 a prickly aromatic North American shrub or small tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) of the rue family with yellowish flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prickly ash — 1. Also called toothache tree. a citrus shrub or small tree, Zanthoxylum americanum, having aromatic leaves and usually prickly branches. 2. Hercules club (def. 2). [1700 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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