Definition of Hercules-club in English:

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Either of two tall prickly shrubs or small trees of the US.
  • The southern prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, family Rutaceae), a tree of the rue family with knobby, corky protrusions on its trunk. The devil’s walking stick (Aralia spinosa, family Araliaceae), a tree of the ginseng family, with large leaves and black berries. Also called angelica tree.
Example sentences
  • Here and there is the large-leaved, prickly stemmed Hercules' club, also known as the devil's walking-stick.

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Syllabification: Her·cu·les-club

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