Origin of sarsaparilla
Examples from the Web for sarsaparilla
And then she herself becomes a sarsaparilla vine, the reasons of which are unclear.
It was almost a syrup in consistence, and tasted more of sarsaparilla than grapes.The Lands of the Saracen|Bayard Taylor
I noticed that a mass of woody contorted rhizomes, somewhat thicker than those of the sarsaparilla briar, adhered to the stem.The Quadroon|Mayne Reid
Not after he had ordered whiskey for himself and sarsaparilla for the girl, they then went away in the carriage.
Sarsaparilla has been found growing in the Port Phillip district of Australia, and has been shipped thence in small quantities.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds
Before the general introduction of sarsaparilla it was much esteemed in most cases in which that drug is now taken.
British Dictionary definitions for sarsaparilla
Word Origin for sarsaparilla
Word Origin and History for sarsaparilla
tropical American plant, 1570s, from Spanish zarzaparrilla, from zarza "bramble" (from Arabic sharas "thorny plant" or Basque sartzia "bramble") + parrilla, diminutive of parra "vine," which is of unknown origin. Hence, also, "a medicinal preparation of sarsaparilla" (1570s). In 16c.-17c. the dried roots were held to be efficient in treatment of syphilis.