from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A carbonated soft drink made from extracts of certain plant roots and herbs.
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- n. A beverage, most often a carbonated soft drink made from a combination of vanilla, cherry tree bark, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, sassafras root bark, nutmeg, anise, and molasses among other things.
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- n. carbonated drink containing extracts of roots and herbs
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In the New York Milkshake Company on St. Mark’s, I take my mind off this afternoon’s craziness by informing Casey that he has no friggin’ idea how to drink a root beer float.
Whenever he encountered a chance shipmate, and there were many in San Francisco, he treated them and was treated in turn, as of old, but he ordered for himself root beer or ginger ale and good-naturedly endured their chaffing.
There were plenty of walks in the park after that day in church—the trip to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and many root beer floats were slurped from the counter of H. G. Grant.
When we headed into the Sunflower Mart, without even asking, Roger grabbed a cream soda for me and a root beer for him, then made a beeline for the tiny apparel section.