sarsaparilla

[sas-puh-ril-uh, sahr-suh-puh-, sahr-spuh-]
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.

Origin:
1570–80; < Spanish zarzaparrilla, equivalent to zarza bush + parrilla (parr(a) vine + -illa diminutive suffix)

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sarsaparilla (ˌsɑːsəpəˈrɪlə, ˌsɑːspə-)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Spanish sarzaparrilla, from zarza a bramble, (from Arabic šaras) + -parrilla, from Spanish parra a climbing plant]

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In many places, wild sarsaparilla makes a nearly complete ground cover.
The interior decor includes a spectacular crystal chandelier and a dessert and sarsaparilla bar.
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