Definitions for soapwortˈsoʊpˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soap•wortˈsoʊpˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt(n.)

  1. a plant, Saponaria officinalis, of the pink family, whose leaves are used for cleansing.

    Category: Plants

Origin of soapwort:

1540–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soapwort, hedge pink, bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess, Saponaria officinalis(noun)

    plant of European origin having pink or white flowers and leaves yielding a detergent when bruised

Wiktionary

  1. soapwort(Noun)

    Any perennial herb of the genus Saponaria.

  2. Origin: from the soapy matter formed when the leaves are agitated in water.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soapwort(noun)

    a common plant (Saponaria officinalis) of the Pink family; -- so called because its bruised leaves, when agitated in water, produce a lather like that from soap. Called also Bouncing Bet

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  1. Saponaria officinalis

    Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family. This plant has many common names, including common soapwort, bouncing-bet, crow soap, wild sweet William, and soapweed. There are about 20 species of soapworts altogether. The scientific name Saponaria is derived from the Latin sapo meaning "soap," which, like its common name, refers to its utility in cleaning. From this same Latin word is derived the name of the toxic substance saponin, contained in the roots at levels up to 20 percent when the plant is flowering. It produces a lather when in contact with water. The epithet officinalis indicates its medicinal functions. Saponaria officinalis's native range extends throughout Europe to western Siberia. It grows in cool places at low or moderate elevations under hedgerows and along the shoulders of roadways.

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