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sar·sa·pa·ril·la

 (săs′pə-rĭl′ə, särs′-)
n.
1.
a. Any of several tropical American plants of the genus Smilax, having fragrant roots used as a flavoring.
b. The dried roots of any of these plants.
c. A carbonated soft drink flavored with extracts of certain plant roots or with artificial flavorings having a similar flavor.
2. Either of two North American plants (Aralia hispida or A. nudicaulis) having umbels of small white flowers and bipinnately compound leaves.

[Spanish zarzaparrilla : zarza, bramble (alteration of earlier sarza, alteration of Old Spanish arça, of pre-Roman Iberian origin) + parrilla, diminutive of parra, grapevine (from the vining habit and clusters of grapelike berries of many species of Smilax ).]

sarsaparilla

(ˌsɑːsəpəˈrɪlə; ˌsɑːspə-)
n
1. (Plants) any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having large aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves: family Smilacaceae
2. (Pharmacology) the dried roots of any of these plants, formerly used as a medicine
3. (Brewing) a nonalcoholic drink prepared from these roots
4. (Plants) any of various plants resembling true sarsaparilla, esp the araliaceous plant Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla), of North America
[C16: from Spanish zarzaparrilla, from zarza a bramble, (from Arabic šaras) + -parrilla, from Spanish parra a climbing plant]

sar•sa•pa•ril•la

(ˌsæs pəˈrɪl ə, ˌsɑr sə pə-, ˌsɑr spə-)

n., pl. -las.
1. any of various tropical American vines of the genus Smilax, having serrated heart-shaped leaves.
2. the root of any of these vines.
3. an extract or other preparation made of this root.
4. a soft drink, as root beer, flavored with this extract.
5. Also called wild sarsaparilla. a North American plant, Aralia nudicaulis, having a root with a similar flavor.
[1570–80; < Sp zarzaparrilla]

Sarsaparilla

(Ordinarily pronounced sas’-pa-ril’-a.) A beverage flavoring or a tea made from the dried root of the Smilax medica and chamisso, found in Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sarsaparilla - any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leavessarsaparilla - any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
genus Smilax, Smilax - sometimes placed in Smilacaceae
sarsaparilla root - dried root of any of various plants of the genus Smilax used as a flavoring agent
rough bindweed, Smilax aspera - creeping or climbing evergreen having spiny zigzag stems with shiny leaves and racemes of pale-green flowers; Canary Islands to southern Europe and Ethiopia and India
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
2.sarsaparilla - carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
soft drink - nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
sarsaparilla root - dried root of any of various plants of the genus Smilax used as a flavoring agent
Translations

sarsaparilla

[ˌsɑːsəpəˈrɪlə] Nzarzaparrilla f

sarsaparilla

n (= plant)Sarsaparille f; (= drink) dunkelbraunes Limonadengetränk aus Sarsaparillenwurzeln

sarsaparilla

n (bot) zarzaparrilla
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