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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In New Zealand, Ripogonum scandens, a climbing shrub of the smilax family, the slender wiry stems of which form interwoven thickets in the forest. The long underground root-stocks of this plant have been used as sarsaparilla by the settlers, and the stems as cord and for weaving baskets. Also called pirita.

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