bouncing-bess

bouncing Bet

[bet]
noun
Also, bouncing Bess [bes] .


Origin:
1880–85

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soapwort

[sohp-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
a plant, Saponaria officinalis, of the pink family, whose leaves are used for cleansing.
Also called bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess.


Origin:
1540–50; soap + wort2

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bouncing Bet (bɛt)
 
n
another name for soapwort

soapwort (ˈsəʊpˌwɜːt)
 
n
Also called: bouncing Bet a Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Saponaria officinalis, having rounded clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers and leaves that were formerly used as a soap substitute

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