Definition of prickly-ash in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpriklēˌaSH/


1A spiny North American shrub or tree with prickly branches and bark that can be used medicinally.
  • Genus Zanthoxylum, family Rutaceae: the northern prickly-ash (Z. americanum) (also called toothache tree), and the southern prickly-ash (see Hercules-club).
Example sentences
  • The tropical prickly ash has a temperate equivalent called the toothache tree.
  • Tropical plants here include two species of wild coffee, pigeon berry or rouge-plant, prickly ash, marlberry, and colicwood.
  • Aggressive planting of hawthorn, pyracantha, creeping juniper, holly, Chinese jujube, roses, blackthorn or prickly ash will help deter criminals.
1.1A medicinal preparation of the bark of the prickly-ash.
Example sentences
  • Other general herbs to help support digestion and circulation are prickly ash which supports peripheral circulation, particularly a foggy brain, and rosemary similarly.
  • The historic use of prickly ash includes it as a medicine for intermittent claudication, Raynaud's disease, peripheral vascular insufficiency and muscle cramps.
  • Northern prickly ash, Zanthoxylum americanum, is a traditional phytomedicine used by North American First Nations Peoples as a topical agent for the treatment of skin infections including those caused by pathogenic fungi.

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Syllabification: prick·ly-ash

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