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 for smilax
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Smilax \Smi"lax\, n. [L., bindweed, Gr. ???.] (Bot.)
     (a) A genus of perennial climbing plants, usually with a
         prickly woody stem; green brier, or cat brier. The
         rootstocks of certain species are the source of the
         medicine called sarsaparilla.
     (b) A delicate trailing plant ({Myrsiphyllum asparagoides)
         much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of
         Good Hope.
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: sometimes placed in Smilacaceae [syn: Smilax, genus
      2: fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green
         flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral
         decoration [syn: smilax, Asparagus asparagoides]

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