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1. See catbrier.
2. A climbing asparagus (Asparagus asparagoides) native to southern Africa, that has glossy foliage sometimes used in floral arrangements and that grows as a weed especially in Australia and New Zealand.

[Latin smīlax, bindweed, from Greek.]


1. (Plants) any typically climbing shrub of the smilacaceous genus Smilax, of warm and tropical regions, having slightly lobed leaves, small greenish or yellow flowers, and berry-like fruits: includes the sarsaparilla plant and greenbrier
2. (Plants) a fragile, much branched liliaceous vine, Asparagus asparagoides, of southern Africa: cultivated by florists for its glossy bright green foliage
[C17: via Latin from Greek: bindweed]


(ˈsmaɪ læks)

1. any plant of the genus Smilax, of the lily family, growing in tropical and temperate zones, consisting mostly of woody-stemmed vines.
2. a delicate, twining plant, Asparagus asparagoides, of the lily family, having glossy egg-shaped leaves: cultivated by florists.
[1595–1605; < Latin smīlax bindweed < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smilax - sometimes placed in SmilacaceaeSmilax - sometimes placed in Smilacaceae  
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
sarsaparilla - any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
bullbrier, catbrier, greenbrier, horse brier, horse-brier, Smilax rotundifolia, briar, brier - a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
2.smilax - fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decorationsmilax - fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration
genus Asparagus - large genus of Old World perennial herbs with erect or spreading or climbing stems and small scalelike leaves and inconspicuous flowers; sometimes placed in family Asparagaceae
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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