Meaning of sarsaparilla


Pronunciation: (sas"pu-ril'u, sär"su-pu-, sär"spu-), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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