from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spiny deciduous shrub (Oplopanax horridus) of western North America, having wide palmate leaves, greenish-white flowers, and scarlet fruit clustered in umbels.


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  • Sorry, bilby--I think it's a shrub. But you do end up with "The Devil Ringtone" ad on this page, if that cheers you up any.

    May 14, 2008

  • Not clear from slumry's comment what it is. I'm kind of hoping it's stripey purple watermelons. With horns!

    May 14, 2008

  • It is Oplopanax horridus, and it is indeed "horridus"! It is the bane of people who spend time in Pacific Northwest forrests. It is big and forms huge patches. Don't mess with it!

    June 17, 2007