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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
The largest was a regular hothouse bouquet, of tea-rosebuds, scentless heath, and smilax; the second was just a handful of sweet-peas and mignonette, with a few cheerful pansies, and one fragrant little rose in the middle; the third, a small posy of scarlet verbenas, white feverfew, and green leaves.
(2014) Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Phenolic-Enriched Extracts of Smilax glabra.
For guest seating during the ceremony, she chose a collection of antique pews and cafe chairs accented with smilax and handmade pillows.
Branches of Smilax oblongifolia Pohl ex Grisebach (Smilacaceae) with leaf galls induced by Alycaulus hexadentatus sp.
In addition to the more common species in the genera Ginkgo, Sequoia, Alnus, Carya, Cercidiphyllum, Fagus, Platanus, Quercus, Salix, Ulmus, and Zizyphoides, several new occurrences have been noted, including Acer, Ceanothus, Cornus, Hiraea, Liquidambar, Magnolia, Mahonia, Nymphaea, Pterocarya, Smilax, and the first North American fossil occurrence of Cotinus.
The crosspiece was flanked by banks of flowers, chrysanthemums and carnations, while from the pendant electric globes hung the vines of smilax. Interspersed were blocks of ice, in fitting designs, in the hearts of which were frozen clusters of flowers or miniature picks and spades, etc.
From Lepidoptera six species (Pieris brassicae, Anaphaeis aurota, Eurema nicippe, Eurema smilax, Catopsilia pomona and Pieris canidia) belonging to family Pieridae and one species each from Nymphalidae (Vanessa cardui), Erebidae (Callimorpha sp.) and Sphingidae (Macroglossum nycteris) were found to visit B.
Animals from group C were treated with treatment regimen 2 i,e Berseem , sodium bicarbonate 10% and monensin (Sinosin Ghazi Brothers, 20 mg/host/day for 10 days), while group C animals were given treatment regimen 3 that was comprised of Berseem, monensin (Sinosin Ghazi Brothers, 20 mg/host/day for 10 days) and SAFI (Hamdard Pakistan Limited; ingredients are: Cassia angustifoli, Smilax China, Sphaeranthus indicus, Nymphaelotus, Daldergia sissoo, Fumaria varbiflora, Dauhinia variegata, Melia azadirachta, Swertia chirata, Tephrosia purpurea, Canscora decussata, Chrozophora Plicata, Curcuma caesia, Cuscuta reflexa, Ipomoea turpethum, Lavandula stoechas, Ocimum canum, Pterocarpus santalinus, Rosa damascene, Terminalia chedula, and Tinospora cordifolia) at a dosage of 20 ml/d.
The shared climbing species (30 %) suggest that forest fragments of the broad Cerrado phytophysiognomy may function as corridors for generalist species (Pereira, Venturoli, & Carvalho, 2011), in our case Smilax fluminensis, Manettia cordifolia, Mascagnia cordifolia, and Urvillea laevis, which are found in several vegetation types of Central Brazil (Udulutsch et al., 2004; Santos et al., 2009; Vargas et al., 2013).
Rubia peregrina, Rosa sempervirens, and Smilax aspera), 17 genus indicators of G1-G2 (e.g.
canadensis Common elderberry Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot Sanicula odorata Black snakcroot Silene stellata Starry campion Silene virginica Fire pink Smilax hispida (= S.
Plants which were entirely valued as NTFPs included Raphia hookeri (palm wine), Sterculia tragacantha (tooth brush), Calamus deeratus, Laccosperma opacum and Smilax anceps (tool).