Definitions for: Smilax


[n] fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration
[n] sometimes placed in Smilacaceae



Webster (1913) Definition: Smi"lax, n. [L., bindweed, Gr. ???.] (Bot.)
(a) A genus of perennial climbing plants, usually with a
prickly woody stem; green brier, or cat brier. The
rootstocks of certain species are the source of the
medicine called sarsaparilla.
(b) A delicate trailing plant (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides)
much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of
Good Hope.

Synonyms: Asparagus asparagoides, genus Smilax

See Also: briar, brier, bullbrier, catbrier, family Liliaceae, genus Asparagus, greenbrier, horsebrier, Liliaceae, liliid monocot genus, lily family, sarsaparilla, Smilax rotundifolia, vine

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