Sarsaparilla



[sas-puh-ril-uh, sahr-suh-puh-, sahr-spuh-] /ˌsæs pəˈrɪl ə, ˌsɑr sə pə-, ˌsɑr spə-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the root.
3.
an extract or other preparation made of this root.
4.
a soft drink flavored with an extract of this root, as root beer.
sarsaparilla
/ˌsɑːsəpəˈrɪlə; ˌsɑːspə-/
noun
1.
any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having large aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves: family Smilacaceae
2.
the dried roots of any of these plants, formerly used as a medicine
3.
a nonalcoholic drink prepared from these roots
4.
any of various plants resembling true sarsaparilla, esp the araliaceous plant Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla), of North America

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