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Webster 1913 Edition


Sarsaparilla

Sarˊsa-pa-ril′la

,
Noun.
[Sp.
zarzaparrilla
;
zarza
a bramble (perhaps fr. Bisc.
zartzia
) +
parra
a vine, or
Parillo
, a physician said to have discovered it.]
(Bot.)
(a)
Any plant of several tropical American species of
Smilax
.
(b)
The bitter mucilaginous roots of such plants, used in medicine and in sirups for soda, etc.
☞ The name is also applied to many other plants and their roots, especially to the
Aralia nudicaulis
, the wild sarsaparilla of the United States.

Definition 2022


sarsaparilla

sarsaparilla

English

Mexican sarsaparilla, Smilax aristolochiifolia.

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Noun

sarsaparilla (plural sarsaparillas)

  1. Any of various tropical (Central and South) American vines of the genus Smilax, such as Smilax regelii, which have fragrant roots.
  2. The dried roots of these plants, or a flavoring material extracted from these roots.
  3. A beverage (soft drink) flavored with this root, such as root beer.
  4. Any of several North American plants, of the genus Aralia, having umbels and small white flowers.

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