Definition of smilax :
1. A delicate trailing plant ( Myrsiphyllum asparagoides) much used for decoration. It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope.
2. 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.
Asparagus Asparagoides, genus smilax
flower (part of speech: noun)
fuchsia, crocus, fleur-de-lis, geranium, amaryllis, hawthorn, aster, edelweiss, mimosa, snowberry, water lily, snowball, petunia, primrose, magnolia, columbine, sweet william, ranunculus, marigold, hepatica, yucca, narcissus, clematis, camellia, hyacinth, chrysanthemum, rhododendron, azalea, spirea, black-eyed susan, wallflower, hibiscus, bluebell, flax, peony, cowslip, lotus, Queen Anne's lace, dahlia, anemone, forget-me-not, verbena, cornflower, oleander, hydrangea, jonquil, buttercup, jasmine, wisteria, trillium, mayflower, strawflower, indigo, orchid, baby's breath, daffodil, tulip, daisy, acacia, poppy, rose, dogwood, goldenrod, rosemary, lavender, gladiolus, morning-glory, duckweed, pansy, lily, lilac, carnation, laurel, dandelion, larkspur, gardenia, flower, snapdragon, sweet pea, begonia, African violet, foxglove, foxtail, zinnia, viburnum, honeysuckle, poinsettia, bloodroot, heather, sunflower, lupine, lady's slipper, phlox, hollyhock, violet, iris, periwinkle
- " Mother dear," returned Sue, " did you ever see anything like smilax to get all over the place?" - "Apron-Strings", Eleanor Gates.
- Wilson thus describes the jealously guarded nest: This bird builds a very neat little nest, often in the figure of an inverted cone; it is suspended by the upper end of the two sides, on the circular bend of a prickly vine, a species of smilax, that generally grows in low thickets. - "Bird-Neighbors", Blanchan, Neltje.
- Upon this landing, facing the hall below, stood the figure of a Diana carved from Carrara marble, its exquisite Greek curves wreathed to- night in smilax and white roses, brought up from the southern estates of the Prince. - "The Genius", Margaret Horton Potter.