Definition of smilax in English:


Line breaks: smi¦lax
Pronunciation: /ˈsmʌɪlaks


  • 1A widely distributed climbing shrub with hooks and tendrils. Several South American species yield sarsaparilla from their roots, and some are cultivated as ornamentals.
    • Genus Smilax, family Liliaceae
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    • Best live greens to use are cypress, assorted evergreens and variegated holly, rosemary, smilax, white pine, common boxwood, fresh moss, and Little Gem’ miniature magnolia.
    • A human path through the swamp is carved with a machete, although the resulting trail often seems like a feeble attempt at penetrating the hidden blackwater ponds and the massive jungles of titi, smilax, gallberry, cypress, and gum.
  • 2A climbing asparagus, the decorative foliage of which is used by florists.
    • Asparagus (or Myrsiphyllum) asparagoides, family Liliaceae


late 16th century: via Latin from Greek, literally 'bindweed'.

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