noun Date: 1693 any of a genus (Sapindus of the family Sapindaceae, the soapberry family) of chiefly tropical woody plants; also the fruit of a soapberry and especially of a tree (S. saponaria) that is saponin-rich and used as a soap substitute

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  • Soapberry — can refer to:* Plants in the genus Sapindus , native to warm temperate to tropical regions in both the Old World and the New World. The berries of these plants contain a natural, low sudsing detergent called saponin. * Canada Buffaloberry (… …   Wikipedia

  • soapberry — [sōp′ber΄ē] n. pl. soapberries 1. any of a genus (Sapindus) of trees of the soapberry family, with fruits containing saponin 2. the globular fruit, with yellowish flesh and a large, round seed adj. designating a family (Sapindaceae, order… …   English World dictionary

  • soapberry — muilinis sapindas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sapindinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Sapindus saponaria), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunami saponinai. atitikmenys: lot. Sapindus saponaria angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • soapberry — /sohp ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. soapberries. 1. the fruit of any of certain tropical or subtropical trees of the genus Sapindus, esp. S. saponaria, used as a substitute for soap. 2. the tree itself. [1685 95; SOAP + BERRY] * * * ▪ plant  any… …   Universalium

  • soapberry — sapindas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sapindinių (Sapindaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Sapindus). atitikmenys: lot. Sapindus angl. soapberry vok. Seifenbaum rus. мыльное дерево; сапиндус lenk. mydleniec; mydlnik; zapian …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • soapberry — noun a) Any woody plant of the genus Sapindus, which is eponymous of the Sapindaceae family Most soapberries are tropical. b) The fruit of such a plant, especially of the tree Sapindus saponaria Soapberries are rich enough in saponin to be used… …   Wiktionary

  • Soapberry — Sapindus (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • soapberry — noun (plural soapberries) 1》 a tree or shrub with berries that produce a soapy froth when crushed. [Several species, mainly of the genus Sapindus.] 2》 the berry of such a plant …   English new terms dictionary

  • soapberry — soap·berry …   English syllables

  • soapberry — soap•ber•ry [[t]ˈsoʊpˌbɛr i, bə ri[/t]] n. pl. ries 1) pln the fruit of any tropical or subtropical tree of the genus Sapindus, esp. S. saponaria: used as a substitute for soap. 2) pln the tree itself • Etymology: 1685–95 …   From formal English to slang

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