castile soap
noun Usage: often capitalized C Etymology: Middle English castell sope, from Castell Castile Date: 15th century a fine hard bland soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide; also any of various similar soaps

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  • Castile soap — Soap Soap, n. [OE. sope, AS. s[=a]pe; akin to D. zeep, G. seife, OHG. seifa, Icel. s[=a]pa, Sw. s?pa, Dan. s?be, and perhaps to AS. s[=i]pan to drip, MHG. s[=i]fen, and L. sebum tallow. Cf. {Saponaceous}.] A substance which dissolves in water,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Castile soap — Cas tile soap [From Castile, or Castilia, a province in Spain, from which it originally came.] A kind of fine, hard, white or mottled soap, made with olive oil and soda; also, a soap made in imitation of the above described soap. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Castile soap — n. 〚ME Castell sope, after CASTILE, where first made〛 [also c s ] a fine, mild, hard soap prepared from olive oil and sodium hydroxide * * * …   Universalium

  • Castile soap — n. [ME Castell sope, after CASTILE, where first made] [also c s ] a fine, mild, hard soap prepared from olive oil and sodium hydroxide …   English World dictionary

  • Castile soap — A bar of Castile soap. Castile soap is a name used in English speaking countries for olive oil based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. Contents …   Wikipedia

  • Castile soap — /kæstil ˈsoʊp/ (say kasteel sohp) noun a soap made using olive oil. {from the Castile region of Spain where this style of soap originated} …   Australian English dictionary

  • castile soap — cas·tile soap (.)kas .tēl n a fine hard bland soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide also any of various similar soaps …   Medical dictionary

  • castile soap — type of soap that often contains olive oil …   English contemporary dictionary

  • castile soap — n. a fine hard white or mottled soap made with olive oil and soda. Etymology: as CASTILIAN …   Useful english dictionary

  • olive-oil castile soap — noun : castile 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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