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.
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- 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
Benito went ashore, to buy, if possible, a few bales of this smilax, which is always so much in demand in the markets of the
The plant now under consideration is called, botanically, Myrsiphyllum asparagoides; by common usage it is called smilax, although not even a member of the true smilax family, some of which are natives of this country.
Benito went ashore, to buy, if possible, a few bales of this smilax, which is always so much in demand in the markets of the Amazon.
(not the so-called smilax of florists), _Rubus laciniatus, _ dewberries, and also others that usually are not classed as vines.
We ate deep-pit-roasted elk, smoked turkey, smilax bread seasoned with juniper and bee weed, nut-bread patties, and blackberry cakes.
She should have given me a look that would have roasted smilax bread.
The ceremony took place in the East Room, in front of one of the windows which was draped with cloth of gold rimmed with curtains, the whole being ornamented with ropes of smilax and Easter lilies.
In addition, banana trees were placed around the room, and spheres of moss were suspended from the ceiling, dripping with smilax vines, purple orchids, and—of course—more monstera leaves.
Other plants found commonly within the reserve include Spanish moss, resurrection fern, prickly pear, saw palmetto, sabal palmetto, yaupon holly, red cedar, smilax and sweet grass.
The jangada also took fifty hundredweight of sarsaparilla, a smilax which forms an important branch of foreign trade throughout the