Prickly ash (Bot.), a prickly shrub (Xanthoxylum Americanum) with yellowish flowers appearing with
the leaves. All parts of the plant are pungent and aromatic. The southern species is X. Carolinianum.
Gray. Prickly heat (Med.), a noncontagious cutaneous eruption of red pimples, attended with intense
itching and tingling of the parts affected. It is due to inflammation of the sweat glands, and is often brought
on by overheating the skin in hot weather. Prickly pear (Bot.), a name given to several plants of
the cactaceous genus Opuntia, American plants consisting of fleshy, leafless, usually flattened, and
often prickly joints inserted upon each other. The sessile flowers have many petals and numerous stamens.
The edible fruit is a large pear-shaped berry containing many flattish seeds. The common species of
the Northern Atlantic States is Opuntia vulgaris. In the South and West are many others, and in tropical
America more than a hundred more. O. vulgaris, O. Ficus-Indica, and O. Tuna are abundantly introduced
in the Mediterranean region, and O. Dillenii has become common in India. Prickly pole (Bot.),
a West Indian palm (Bactris Plumierana), the slender trunk of which bears many rings of long black
prickles. Prickly withe (Bot.), a West Indian cactaceous plant (Cereus triangularis) having prickly,
slender, climbing, triangular stems. Prickly rat (Zoöl.), any one of several species of South American
burrowing rodents belonging to Ctenomys and allied genera. The hair is usually intermingled with sharp
(Prick"ly), a. Full of sharp points or prickles; armed or covered with prickles; as, a prickly shrub.
(Prick"mad`am) n. [F. trique- madame. Cf. Tripmadam.] (Bot.) A name given to several
species of stonecrop, used as ingredients of vermifuge medicines. See Stonecrop.
(Prick"punch`) n. A pointed steel punch, to prick a mark on metal.
(Prick"shaft`) n. An arrow. [Obs.]
(Prick"song`) n. [See Prick, v. t., 4.] Music written, or noted, with dots or points; so
called from the points or dots with which it is noted down. [Obs.]
He fights as you sing pricksong.Shak.
(Prick"wood`) n. (Bot.) A shrub (Euonymus Europæus); so named from the use of its wood
for goads, skewers, and shoe pegs. Called also spindle tree.
(Prick"y) a. Stiff and sharp; prickly. Holland.
(Pride) n. [Cf. AS. lamprede, LL. lampreda, E. lamprey.] (Zoöl.) A small European lamprey
(Petromyzon branchialis); called also prid, and sandpiper.
(Pride), n. [AS. pryte; akin to Icel. pryði honor, ornament, pra to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf.
W. prydus comely. See Proud.]
1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority
in talents, beauty, wealth, rank, etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in
contempt of others.
Those that walk in pride he is able to abase.Dan. iv. 37.
Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.Franklin.
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