smi·​lax | \ˈsmī-ˌlaks \

Definition of smilax 

2 : a tender twining asparagus (Asparagus asparagoides) of southern Africa that has ovate bright green cladophylls which are often used in floral arrangements

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Meanwhile, the ceiling was lined with smilax and Italian ruscus greenery. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Meggie Kempner’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Beverly Hills," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of smilax

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for smilax

Latin, bindweed, yew, from Greek

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Smi·​lax | \ˈsmī-ˌlaks \

Medical Definition of Smilax 

: a large widely distributed genus of plants of the lily family (Liliaceae) which includes the sarsaparillas

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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