Soapberry meaning

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Any of a genus (Sapindus) of trees of the soapberry family, with fruits containing saponin.
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The globular fruit, with yellowish flesh and a large, round seed.
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Designating a family (Sapindaceae, order Sapindales) of chiefly tropical, dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, including the litchi and longan.
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(botany) Any woody plant of the genus Sapindus, which is eponymous of the Sapindaceae family.

Most soapberries are tropical.

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The fruit of such a plant, especially of the tree Sapindus saponaria.

Soapberries are rich enough in saponin to be used as soap substitute, hence their name.

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Origin of soapberry

  • soap +"Ž berry: the fleshy part of the fruit was used in washing linen.

    From Wiktionary