Definition of Soapwort

1. Noun. Plant of European origin having pink or white flowers and leaves yielding a detergent when bruised.

Exact synonyms: Bouncing Bess, Bouncing Bet, Hedge Pink, Saponaria Officinalis
Generic synonyms: Flower
Group relationships: Genus Saponaria, Saponaria



Definition of Soapwort

1. n. 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.

Definition of Soapwort

1. Noun. Any perennial herb of the genus ''Saponaria''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Soapwort

1. a perennial herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Soapwort

1. 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. Synonym: Bouncing Bet. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Soapwort

soaprock
soaproot
soaproots
soaps
soapstar
soapstock
soapstocks
soapstone
soapstones
soapsuds
soapsuds enema
soapsudsy
soapweed
soapwood
soapwoods
soapwort (current term)
soapwort gentian
soapworts
soapy
soapy warm soaks
soar
soar up
soar upwards
soaraway
soare
soared
soarer
soarers
soares
soaring

Literary usage of Soapwort

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1. The Microscopy of Technical Products by Thomas Franz Hanausek (1907)
"The wood bundle consists in large part of thin-walled parenchyma in which are both broad and narrow rows of reticulated pitted vessels." soapwort ROOT. ..."

2. Wild flowers by Anne Pratt (1852)
"COMMON soapwort.—Saponaria officinalis. THIS plant is one of those which seem to follow the footsteps of ... Our soapwort will make a lather with hot water, ..."

3. The Flora of the Alps by Alfred William Bennett (1897)
"S. officinalis, L., soapwort; fields and wet places. 5. Vaccaria, L.; stem ascending, 1.5-2o in., flowers pink, leaves lanceolate, acute, the upper ones ..."

4. Flowers and their associations by Anne Pratt (1840)
"... —soapwort SPURREY. " The curious choice clove July-flower." " I would rather see thyme and roses, marjoram and July-flowers, that are fair and sweet and ..."

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