a fernlike climbing vine, Asparagus setaceus, of southern Africa, having very small, whitish flowers and pea-sized, purplish-black berries.
It is more commonly known as asparagus fern, though it is not even a most distant relative of the fern family.
ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
The ice cream if in rose forms should be passed on a large silver tray with asparagus fern among the ices.
Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell
In the center of the table three tall cathedral candles rising from a mass of asparagus fern.
Dinners and Luncheons Paul Pierce
- Asparagus fern caterpillar
. the caterpillar of a noctuid moth, Laphygma exigua, a pest of beets, asparagus, corn, cotton, peas, and peppers.
a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble noncarbohydrate powder, C 14 H 18 N 2 O 5 , synthesized from amino acids, that is 150–200 times as sweet as sugar: used as a low-calorie sugar substitute in soft drinks, table sweeteners, and other food products. Contemporary Examples Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharine are […]
aspartase aspartase a·spar·tase (ə-spär’tās’, -tāz’) n. An enzyme found in various bacteria, yeasts, and plants that catalyzes the conversion of aspartic acid to fumaric acid by removing ammonia and catalyzes the reverse reaction by adding ammonia. Also called aspartate ammonialyase.
- Aspartate aminotransferase
aspartate aminotransferase aspartate aminotransferase n. AST.