• WordNet 3.6
    • n sarsaparilla carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
    • n sarsaparilla any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sarsaparilla (Bot) Any plant of several tropical American species of Smilax.☞ The name is also applied to many other plants and their roots, especially to the Aralia nudicaulis, the wild sarsaparilla of the United States.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarsaparilla The rhizome of several plants of the genus Smilax, chiefly, it is believed, of S. medica, S. officinalis, and S. papyracea, all of tropical America.
    • n sarsaparilla Any plant of the order Smilaceæ.
    • n sarsaparilla A medicinal preparation of sarsaparilla-root. The reputation of sarsaparilla as a medicine has sometimes suffered from worthless substitutes, or from the root being too long kept, but it now has an established character as an alterative, most usefully employed in syphilis, but also valuable in chronic rheumatism and other affections. Compare china-root.
    • n sarsaparilla Hardenbergia monophylla. See Hardenbergia.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarsaparilla sär-sa-pa-ril′a the dried root of several species of Smilax, native to tropical America, yielding a medicinal decoction
    • Sarsaparilla Also Sar′sa
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. zarzaparrilla,; zarza, a bramble (perhaps fr. Bisc. zartzia,) + parra, a vine, or Parillo, a physician said to have discovered it


In literature:

Dominick had fixed his eyes upon his sarsaparilla.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
Pipe the downcast droop in this eye of mine and notice the way my heart is bubbling over like a bottle of sarsaparilla on a hot day!
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
The root of this kind of Smilax is called Sarsaparilla, and the bean is good to eat.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
We know we are of noble blood because we have to take sarsaparilla all the time.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
They called it Arialad, and George declared it was a fine quality of Sarsaparilla.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Sarsaparilla and bear-root are found in abundance.
"Handbook to the new Gold-fields" by R. M. Ballantyne
If he's a mind to scratch his hands getting sarsaparilla and snapwood for her off his wood-lot, he may.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
After some time spent in gathering this, Horace happened to remember that he wanted sarsaparilla.
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
Instead of the abundant and bushy thickets of sarsaparilla, we met with nothing but stunted shrubs.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
A course of sarsaparilla is also in most cases advantageous.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous

In poetry:

The wild-hop vines grew high aloft,
a winter's chill was in the air,
and trailing sarsaparilla swung
it's purple glory everywhere.
"Adventure" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

I've got my tools nearby -- a scotch-taped copy of "Chronicles" for reference, a warm bottle of Empire Sarsaparilla for relief and a tourniquet for no reason at all.