from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The root or rhizome of the Smilax China, a climbing shrubby plant, a native of eastern India, China, and Japan.
- n. Galangal.
- n. Smilax Pseudo-China. See china *brier.
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The Malays are supposed to cure it with the decoction of a china-root, called by them gadong, which causes a salivation.