sarsaparilla

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noun sar·sa·pa·ril·la \ˌsas-pə-ˈri-lə, ˌsärs-, -ˈre-; ˌsa-sə-, ˌsär-sə-\

Definition of sarsaparilla

  1. 1a :  any of various tropical American greenbriersb :  the dried roots of a sarsaparilla used especially as a flavoring

  2. 2 :  any of various plants (such as wild sarsaparilla) that resemble or are used as a substitute for sarsaparilla

  3. 3 :  a sweetened carbonated beverage flavored with sassafras and oil distilled from a European birch

Origin and Etymology of sarsaparilla

Spanish zarzaparrilla, from zarza bush + parrilla, diminutive of parra vine


First Known Use: 1577


SARSAPARILLA Defined for English Language Learners

sarsaparilla

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noun sar·sa·pa·ril·la \ˌsas-pə-ˈri-lə, ˌsärs-, -ˈre-; ˌsa-sə-, ˌsär-sə-\

Definition of sarsaparilla for English Language Learners

  • : a sweetened drink that is flavored with a substance made from the root of a plant


SARSAPARILLA Defined for Kids

sarsaparilla

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noun sar·sa·pa·ril·la \ˌsa-spə-ˈri-lə, ˌsär-\

Definition of sarsaparilla for Students

  1. :  a sweetened carbonated beverage that tastes somewhat like root beer


Medical Dictionary

sarsaparilla

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noun sar·sa·pa·ril·la \ˌsas-(ə-)pə-ˈril-ə, ˌsärs-, -ˈrel-\

Medical Definition of sarsaparilla

  1. 1a:  any of various tropical American plants of the genus Smilaxb:  any of various plants (as wild sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis) that resemble or are used as a substitute for the sarsaparillas

  2. 2a:  the dried roots of any of several sarsaparillas of the genus Smilax (especially S. aristolochiaefolia, S. febrifuga, and S. regelii) used now especially as a flavoring and formerly for the diaphoretic, expectorant, and laxative effects of the saponins found in them and without curative effect in the treatment of syphilisb:  the roots of wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) used similarly



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