prickly ash


Definition of prickly ash

: a prickly aromatic North American shrub or small tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) of the rue family with yellowish flowers

Examples of prickly ash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After weeks of , the more iron-stomached among China’s diners craved a proper Sichuan-style hot pot, with fiery chile peppers and mouth-numbing prickly ash pods bobbing across a cauldron of red broth. Eva Dou, Washington Post, "Can you raise prices after a pandemic? China’s purveyors of spicy hot pot test the waters," 16 Apr. 2020

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Prickly ash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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