smilax

noun smi·lax \ ˈsmī-ˌlaks \
|Updated on: 28 May 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of smilax

Latin, bindweed, yew, from Greek


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Smilax

noun 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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