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sarsaparilla (n.)

tropical American plant, 1570s, from Spanish zarzaparrilla, from zarza "bramble" (from Arabic sharas "thorny plant" or Basque sartzia "bramble") + parrilla, diminutive of parra "vine," which is of unknown origin. Hence, also, "a medicinal preparation of sarsaparilla" (1570s). In 16c.-17c. the dried roots were held to be efficient in treatment of syphilis.

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Definitions of sarsaparilla

sarsaparilla (n.)
any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves;
sarsaparilla (n.)
carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras;
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