One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two tall prickly shrubs or small trees of the US.
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
the southern prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, family Rutaceae), a tree of the rue family with knobby, corky protrusions on its trunk
- ‘Here and there is the large-leaved, prickly stemmed Hercules' club, also known as the devil's walking-stick.’
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