Definitions for sarsaparillaˌsæs pəˈrɪl ə, ˌsɑr sə pə-, ˌsɑr spə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarsaparilla(noun)

    any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves

  2. sarsaparilla(noun)

    carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras


  1. sarsaparilla(Noun)

    Any of various tropical American vines, of the genus Smilax, having fragrant roots

  2. sarsaparilla(Noun)

    The dried roots of these plants, or a flavoring material extracted from these roots

  3. sarsaparilla(Noun)

    A soft drink flavored with this extract

  4. sarsaparilla(Noun)

    Any of several North American plants, of the genus Aralia, having umbels and small white flowers

  5. Origin: From zarzaparrilla.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sarsaparilla(noun)

    any plant of several tropical American species of Smilax

  2. Sarsaparilla(noun)

    the bitter mucilaginous roots of such plants, used in medicine and in sirups for soda, etc

  3. Origin: [Sp. zarzaparrilla; zarza a bramble (perhaps fr. Bisc. zartzia) + parra a vine, or Parillo, a physician said to have discovered it.]


  1. Smilax ornata

    Smilax ornata is a perennial, trailing vine with prickly stems that is native to Mexico and Central America. Common names include sarsaparilla, Honduran sarsaparilla, and Jamaican sarsaparilla. It is known in Spanish as zarzaparrilla, which is derived from the words zarza meaning "bramble", and parrilla, meaning "little grape vine".

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