from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See catbrier.
- n. A slender vine (Asparagus asparagoides) that has glossy foliage and is popular as a floral decoration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the Smilax genus of greenbriers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of perennial climbing plants, usually with a prickly woody stem; green brier, or cat brier. The rootstocks of certain species are the source of the medicine called sarsaparilla.
- n. A delicate trailing plant (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides) much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of liliaceous plants, type of the tribe Smilaceæ.
- n. A plant of the genus Smilax.
- n. A delicate greenhouse vine from the Cape of Good Hope, best known as Myrsiphyllum aspa ragoides, now classed under Asparagus.
- n. In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sometimes placed in Smilacaceae
- n. fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration
Latin smīlax, bindweed, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)