smilax

noun
smi·​lax | \ ˈsmī-ˌlaks How to pronounce smilax (audio) \

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

Examples of smilax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That list includes but is not limited to honeysuckle, Carolina snailseed, poison ivy, smilax and bindweed. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, the ceiling was lined with smilax and Italian ruscus greenery. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 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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“Smilax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smilax. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Smilax

noun
Smi·​lax | \ ˈsmī-ˌlaks How to pronounce Smilax (audio) \

Medical Definition of Smilax

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

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