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Smilax

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smilax

(Science: botany) 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.

A delicate trailing plant (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides) much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of Good hope.

Origin: L, bindweed, Gr.