any of various climbing or trailing tropical American plants belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, having alternate leaves, umbels of flowers, and a root that has been used in the treatment of psoriasis.
an extract or other preparation made of this root.
a soft drink flavored with an extract of this root, as root beer.
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How to use sarsaparilla in a sentence
And then she herself becomes a sarsaparilla vine, the reasons of which are unclear.
In most parts of the island the sarsaparilla Root is in great abundance, and very good.History of Prince Edward Island | Duncan Campbell
The cortical portion of sarsaparilla yields fully 50% of aqueous extract.
To produce sweating, employ cardus water, and mithridate, or a decoction of guaiacum and sarsaparilla.The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher | Anonymous
At Pueblo Nuevo sarsaparilla forms a principal article of trade.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
On sandy shores the Sea Sedge (C. arenaria) is often common, and its underground stems are used for sarsaparilla.The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for sarsaparilla
any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having large aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves: family Smilacaceae
the dried roots of any of these plants, formerly used as a medicine
a nonalcoholic drink prepared from these roots
any of various plants resembling true sarsaparilla, esp the araliaceous plant Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla), of North America
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