Sarsaparilla Definition

săspə-rĭlə, särs-
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.
Webster's New World
The dried roots of any of these plants, formerly used in medicine.
Webster's New World
An extract of these roots.
Webster's New World
A sweetened, carbonated drink flavored with or as with sarsaparilla.
Webster's New World
Any of several North American plants resembling sarsaparilla; esp., a woodland plant, wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), of the ginseng family.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Sarsaparilla

  • 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 )

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish zarzaparrilla. The first element may ultimately derive from Basque; see zarza for more.

    From Wiktionary

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