- any of a number of tropical American, spiny, woody vines (genus Smilax) of the lily family, with large, fragrant roots and toothed, heart-shaped leaves
- the dried roots of any of these plants, formerly used in medicine
- an extract of these roots
- a sweetened, carbonated drink flavored with or as with sarsaparilla
- any of several North American plants resembling sarsaparilla; esp., a woodland plant, wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), of the ginseng family
Origin of sarsaparillaSpanish zarzaparrilla from zarza, bramble + parrilla, diminutive of parra, vine
- 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.
- Either of two North American plants (Aralia hispida or A. nudicaulis) having umbels of small white flowers and bipinnately compound leaves.
Origin of sarsaparillaSpanish 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 )
- Any of various tropical American vines, of the genus Smilax, having fragrant roots.
- The dried roots of these plants, or a flavoring material extracted from these roots.
- A soft drink flavored with this extract.
- Any of several North American plants, of the genus Aralia, having umbels and small white flowers.