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toothache tree

[cf. Gul. teethache tree prickly ash (Writers' Program 1940:62); OED different sp.; from the use of an infusion made from its bark to cure toothaches] n. a shrub, Zanthoxylum sp.: 1731 Zanthoxylum spinosum. . the Pellitory, or Tooth-ach Tree (Catesby 26). 1835 Zanthoxylum clava herculis.—Hercules' Club (Toothache tree) (Journal 26). cf. HARKLER'S CLUB <Exuma, Inagua>

Tags: noun, plant, shrub, tree

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Last update: 2011-07-29 18:01
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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