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[smahy-laks] /ˈsmaɪ læks/
any plant belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, growing in tropical and temperate zones, consisting mostly of vines having woody stems.
a delicate, twining plant, Asparagus asparagoides, of the lily family, having glossy, bright-green, egg-shaped leaves, cultivated by florists.
Origin of smilax
1595-1605; < Latin smīlax bindweed < Greek smîlax bindweed, yew Unabridged
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  • But smilax, never faltering, moved with the ease of a shadow.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • The strawberry is no more a plagiarist than the smilax, nor the grape than the nettle.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • "No stay long 'nough in there to get much hungry," smilax shook his head.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • smilax, as now used by florists, is but a very recent affair.

  • They were inoculated with excitement and their nostrils pricked with the delicious smells of flowers and smilax and feast meats.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • smilax had opened our duffle and hung out several things to air.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • For decoration have a frieze of ropes or smilax caught with scarlet ribbon.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • I'd take off my hat to you, smilax, if the storm hadn't blown it away!

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • Then smilax got one during the chase—which shows that he and Echochee haven't been killed.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • "For God's sake," I whispered—but smilax had turned back to us and was beside her.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
British Dictionary definitions for smilax


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
a fragile, much branched liliaceous vine, Asparagus asparagoides, of southern Africa: cultivated by florists for its glossy bright green foliage
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek: bindweed
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Word Origin and History for smilax

type of lilaceous plant, c.1600, from Latin, from Greek smilax "blindweed," also used of the yew and a kind of evergreen oak.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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