American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous cosmopolitan, deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Zanthoxylum, having aromatic bark and alternate, mostly pinnate leaves.
- n. See Hercules' club.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. are shrubs of different families, somewhat resembling the true ashes in their foliage.
- (Bot.) 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.
- (Bot.) Hercules'-club, also called the
- n. any of a number of trees or shrubs of the genus Zanthoxylum having spiny branches
- n. Australian tree having alternate simple leaves (when young they are pinnate with prickly toothed margins) and slender axillary spikes of white flowers
“The expressed juice of prickly ash root is not surpassed by any other remedy in our knowledge for Flatulent or Nervous Cholic.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
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