Soap-plant meaning

Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Chlorogalum of western North America, having small white or purple flowers. The bulbs of several species, especially C. pomeridianum, produce a soapy lather when crushed.
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Any of various other plants having parts used as soap.
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Any of various plants some parts of which can be used as soap; esp., a tall W North American plant (Chlorogalum pomeridianum) of the lily family.
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Used other than as an idiom: see soap,"Ž plant.
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Any plant of the genus Chlorogalum, endemic to western North America, especially Chlorogalum pomeridianum, the most widespread species.
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