toothache tree love

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

  • n. An aromatic North American shrub or tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) whose dried bark has medicinal uses. Also called Northern prickly ash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shrub of the genus Aralia (Aralia spinosa).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The prickly-ash.
  • n. The somewhat similar Aralia spinosa, or angelica-tree, sometimes called wild orange.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small deciduous aromatic shrub (or tree) having spiny branches and yellowish flowers; eastern North America

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  • In my area, common name for Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, a.k.a. "Hercules club". Tongue and gums go uncomfortably numb when leaves of this tree in the citrus family are chewed.

    September 17, 2009