ETYM Spanish zarzaparrilla; zarza a bramble (perhaps from Bisc. zartzia) + parra a vine, or Parillo, a physician said to have discovered it.
Kind of smilax; drink made from its root or with its flavor.
1. Any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves.
2. Carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras.
Drink prepared from the long twisted roots of several plants in the genus Smilax (family Liliaceae), native to Central and South America; it is used as a tonic.