sarsaparilla

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

Definition of sarsaparilla

1 a :any of various tropical American greenbriers
b :the dried roots of a sarsaparilla used especially as a flavoring
2 :any of various plants (such as wild sarsaparilla) that resemble or are used as a substitute for sarsaparilla
3 :a sweetened carbonated beverage flavored with sassafras and oil distilled from a European birch

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Origin and Etymology of sarsaparilla

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


SARSAPARILLA Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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

Definition of sarsaparilla for Students

:a sweetened carbonated beverage that tastes somewhat like root beer

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

medical Definition of sarsaparilla

1 a :any of various tropical American plants of the genus Smilax
b :any of various plants (as wild sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis) that resemble or are used as a substitute for the sarsaparillas
2 a :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 syphilis
b :the roots of wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) used similarly


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