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Mexican sarsaparilla, Smilax aristolochiifolia.

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From Spanish zarzaparrilla. The first element may ultimately derive from Basque; see Spanish zarza (blackberry bush) for more.



sarsaparilla (countable and uncountable, plural sarsaparillas)

  1. Any of various tropical (Central and South) American vines of the genus Smilax, such as Smilax regelii, which have fragrant roots.
  2. The dried roots of these plants, or a flavoring material extracted from these roots.
  3. A beverage (soft drink) flavored with this root, such as root beer.
    • 1951, John Lardner, Strong Cigars and Lovely Women, page 4:
      [] If Cassidy goes around shooting their fingers off, how are they going to lift their sarsaparilla?” “Rustlers don't drink sarsaparilla,” came the reply, ending the conversation and throwing me back inside my twenty-yard line.
    • 1985, Jill Davies, A Garden of Miracles, →ISBN, page 52:
      Many root teas taste delightful and the old American drink, sarsaparilla, was made on the lines of a decoction, while its pleasant taste was known by most of Victorian Britain.
    • 1998, Joel and Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski, spoken by The Stranger (Sam Elliott):
      Say, friend, you got any more of that good sarsaparilla?
  4. Any of several North American plants, of the genus Aralia, having umbels and small white flowers.


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  1. sarsaparilla (any tree of the genus Smilax; their roots)


Inflection of sarsaparilla (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative sarsaparilla sarsaparillat
genitive sarsaparillan sarsaparillojen
partitive sarsaparillaa sarsaparilloja
illative sarsaparillaan sarsaparilloihin
singular plural
nominative sarsaparilla sarsaparillat
accusative nom. sarsaparilla sarsaparillat
gen. sarsaparillan
genitive sarsaparillan sarsaparillojen
partitive sarsaparillaa sarsaparilloja
inessive sarsaparillassa sarsaparilloissa
elative sarsaparillasta sarsaparilloista
illative sarsaparillaan sarsaparilloihin
adessive sarsaparillalla sarsaparilloilla
ablative sarsaparillalta sarsaparilloilta
allative sarsaparillalle sarsaparilloille
essive sarsaparillana sarsaparilloina
translative sarsaparillaksi sarsaparilloiksi
instructive sarsaparilloin
abessive sarsaparillatta sarsaparilloitta
comitative sarsaparilloineen
Possessive forms of sarsaparilla (type kala)
possessor singular plural
1st person sarsaparillani sarsaparillamme
2nd person sarsaparillasi sarsaparillanne
3rd person sarsaparillansa