from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several tropical American plants of the genus Smilax, having fragrant roots used as a flavoring.
- n. The dried roots of any of these plants.
- n. A sweet soft drink flavored with these roots.
- n. Either of two North American plants (Aralia hispida or A. nudicaulis) having umbels of small white flowers and bipinnately compound leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various tropical American vines, of the genus Smilax, having fragrant roots
- n. The dried roots of these plants, or a flavoring material extracted from these roots
- n. A soft drink flavored with this extract
- n. Any of several North American plants, of the genus Aralia, having umbels and small white flowers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of several tropical American species of Smilax.
- n. The bitter mucilaginous roots of such plants, used in medicine and in sirups for soda, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rhizome of several plants of the genus Smilax, chiefly, it is believed, of S. medica, S. officinalis, and S. papyracea, all of tropical America.
- n. Any plant of the order Smilaceæ.
- n. A medicinal preparation of sarsaparilla-root.
- n. Hardenbergia monophylla. See Hardenbergia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
- n. carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
Spanish zarzaparrilla : zarza, bramble (from Arabic šaras, colloquial variant of širs, from šarasa, to be vicious, ultimately from šarra; see śrr in Semitic roots) + parrilla, diminutive of parra, vine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish zarzaparrilla. (Wiktionary)