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Ash (genus Fraxinus) is a type of tree belonging to the genus flowering plants in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae, known as Fraxinus.[1]

Broomsticks

Some early broomsticks, such as one on display in the Museum of Quidditch, were also made of ash.[2]

Wandlore

The ash wand clung to its one true master and ought not to be passed on or gifted from the original owner, because it would lose power and skill. This tendency was especially valid if the core was constructed of unicorn hair. Old superstitions regarding wands rarely bore close examination, but it was believed that the old rhyme regarding rowan, chestnut, ash and hazel wands (rowan gossiped, chestnut droned, ash was stubborn, hazel moaned) contained a small nugget of truth. Those witches and wizards best suited to ash wands were not lightly swayed from their beliefs or purposes.[3]

However, the brash or over-confident witch or wizard, who often insisted on trying wands of this prestigious wood, would be disappointed by its effects. The ideal owner might be stubborn, and would certainly be courageous, but never crass or arrogant.[3]

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Etymology

The tree's common English name, "ash", goes back to the Old English æsc, while the generic name originated in Latin. Both words also meant "spear" in their respective languages.[4]

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