Soapwort meaning

sōpwûrt, -wôrt
Any of a genus (Saponaria) of plants of the pink family, with bright, colorful flowers and sap that forms a lather with water, including the bouncing Bet.
noun
0
0
Any perennial herb of the genus Saponaria.
noun
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of soapwort

  • From its yielding a soapy substance when the leaves are bruised

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • soap +"Ž wort, from the soapy matter formed when the leaves are agitated in water.

    From Wiktionary