From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Xanthoxylum \Xan*thox"y*lum\, n. [NL., from Gr. xanqo`s yellow +
   xy`lon wood.] (Bot.)
   A genus of prickly shrubs or small trees, the bark and rots
   of which are of a deep yellow color; prickly ash.
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   Note: The commonest species in the Northern United States is
         Xanthoxylum Americanum. See Prickly ash, under
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