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Smilax

Overview page. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

(family Smilacaceae)

A genus of slender, often spiny, woody climbers, which are net-veined monocotyledons, the leaves having a pair of basal, spiralling tendrils. The flowers are...

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smilax

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 9 words.

climbing shrub. XVII. — L. smīlax — Gr. smîlax bindweed.

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Smilax

Overview page. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

(family Smilacaceae)

A genus of slender, often spiny, woody climbers, which are net-veined monocotyledons, the leaves having a pair of basal, spiralling tendrils. The flowers are...

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Smilax

Edited by Michael Allaby.

in A Dictionary of Plant Sciences

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry. 55 words.

(family Smilacaceae)

A genus of slender, often spiny, woody climbers, which are net-veined monocotyledons, the leaves having a pair

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Smilax

Edited by Michael Allaby.

in A Dictionary of Plant Sciences

January 2012; p ublished online April 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry. 55 words.

A genus of slender, often spiny, woody climbers, which are net-veined monocotyledons, the leaves having a pair of basal,

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sarsaparilla

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 13 words.

(dried roots of) tropical Amer. smilax. XVI. — Sp. zarzaparrilia. f zarza bramble.

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Raia

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 67 words.

Italian:

1. topographic name from Sicilian raia ‘smilax’ (a climbing shrub).

2. from Sicilian raja ‘ray’, ‘skate’ (the fish), presumably

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Raiola

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 42 words.

Italian: of uncertain origin; possibly a topographic name from a diminutive of raia ‘smilax’ (the tree) or an occupational name

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sarsaparilla

in Dictionary Plus Science and Technology

P ublished online April 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Science and Mathematics. 65 words.

A monocotyledon, climbing plant with hooked thorns, of the genus Smilax (family Smilaceae), that will grow over small trees and

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sarse <i>n.</i>

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 24 words.

sarsparilla, the dried root of Smilax officinalis, at one time used as a tonic.

1953 Baker Aus. Speaks

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sarsaparilla

Alan Davidson.

Edited by Tom Jaine.

in The Oxford Companion to Food

January 2006; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink. 189 words.

an extract from the roots of various C. American plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. officinalis and S.

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