Definitions for smilaxˈsmaɪ læks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

smi•laxˈsmaɪ læks(n.)

  1. any plant of the genus Smilax, of the lily family, growing in tropical and temperate zones, consisting mostly of woody-stemmed vines.

    Category: Plants

  2. a delicate, twining plant, Asparagus asparagoides, of the lily family, having glossy egg-shaped leaves: cultivated by florists.

    Category: Plants

Origin of smilax:

1595–1605; < L smīlax bindweed < Gk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Smilax, genus Smilax(noun)

    sometimes placed in Smilacaceae

  2. smilax, Asparagus asparagoides(noun)

    fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration

Wiktionary

  1. smilax(Noun)

    Any member of the Smilax genus of greenbriers.

  2. Origin: From the genus name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smilax(noun)

    a genus of perennial climbing plants, usually with a prickly woody stem; green brier, or cat brier. The rootstocks of certain species are the source of the medicine called sarsaparilla

  2. Smilax(noun)

    a delicate trailing plant (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides) much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope

Freebase

  1. Smilax

    Smilax is a genus of about 300–350 species, found in temperate zones, tropics and subtropics worldwide. In China for example about 80 are found, while there are 20 in North America north of Mexico. They are climbing flowering plants, many of which are woody and/or thorny, in the monocotyledon family Smilacaceae, native throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Common names include catbriers, greenbriers, prickly-ivys and smilaxes. "Sarsaparilla" is a name used specifically for the Jamaican S. regelii as well as a catch-all term in particular for American species. Occasionally, the non-woody species such as the Smooth Herbaceous Greenbrier are separated as genus Nemexia; they are commonly known by the rather ambiguous name "carrion flowers". Greenbriers get their scientific name from the Greek myth of Krokus and the nymph Smilax. Though this myth has numerous forms, it always centers around the unfulfilled and tragic love of a mortal man who is turned into a flower, and a woodland nymph who is transformed into a brambly vine.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Smilax

    A plant genus of the family SMILACACEAE. Members contain smiglasides (phenylpropanoid glycosides) and steroidal saponins. Commercially it is sometimes adulterated with HEMIDESMUS, which would affect experimental results.

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