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soap plant

a Californian plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, of the lily family, the bulb of which was used by the Indians as a soap.
any of various other plants having parts that can be used as a soap.
Origin of soap plant
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The soap plant is fully operational however no soap is currently being produced due to the shortage of seed cotton.
  • Since soap plant wastes can cause depletion of dissolved oxygen, limitation is necessary.

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