Sarsaparilla Sar`sa*pa*ril"la, n. [Sp. zarzaparrilla; zarza a bramble (perhaps fr. Bisc. zartzia) + parra a vine, or Parillo, a physician said to have discovered it.] (Bot.) (a) Any plant of several tropical American species of {Smilax}. (b) The bitter mucilaginous roots of such plants, used in medicine and in sirups for soda, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to many other plants and their roots, especially to the {Aralia nudicaulis}, the wild sarsaparilla of the United States. [1913 Webster]

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  • sarsaparilla — The dried root of Smilax aristolochiaefolia (Mexican s.), S. regelii (Honduras s.), S. febrifuga (Ecuadorian s.), or of undetermined species of Smilax (family Liliaceae), a thorny vine widely distributed throughout the tropical and semitropical… …   Medical dictionary

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