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.
The bitter mucilaginous roots of such plants, used in medicine and in sirups for soda, etc.
⇒ The name is also applied to many other plants and their roots, especially to the Aralia nudicaulis, the wild sarsaparilla of the United States.
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