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bouncing Bet

[bet] /bɛt/
noun
1.
Also, bouncing Bess
[bes] /bɛs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of bouncing Bet
1880-1885
1880-85

soapwort

[sohp-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈsoʊpˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
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/
noun
1.
another name for soapwort

soapwort

/ˈsəʊpˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
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 Also called bouncing Bet
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