some of various prickly climbing plants associated with tropical United states genus Smilax having aromatic origins and heart-shaped leaves
- carbonated beverage flavored with a plant from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
- Any plant of a number of exotic American species of Smilax
- Any plant of several tropical US species of Smilax.
- The sour mucilaginous origins of these plants, used in medicine plus sirups for soda, etc.
tropical US plant, 1570s, from Spanish zarzaparrilla, from zarza "bramble" (from Arabic sharas "thorny plant" or Basque sartzia "bramble") + parrilla, diminutive of parra "vine," which will be of unidentified beginning. Therefore, in addition, "a medicinal preparation of sarsaparilla" (1570s). In 16c.-17c. the dried roots had been held to be efficient in treatment of syphilis.
Blue flag, snake root, ginseng, lobelia, tansy, wormwood, wintergreen, pleurisy root, plantain, burdock, sarsaparilla and horehound are among its medicinal plants.