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soapberry

[sohp-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈsoʊpˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural soapberries.
1.
the fruit of any of certain tropical or subtropical trees of the genus Sapindus, especially S. saponaria, used as a substitute for soap.
2.
the tree itself.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; soap + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for soapberries

soapberry

/ˈsəʊpˌbɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of various chiefly tropical American sapindaceous trees of the genus Sapindus, esp S. saponaria (or S. marginatus), having pulpy fruit containing saponin
2.
a related plant, S. drummondii, of the southwestern US
3.
the fruit of any of these trees
Also called chinaberry
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soapberry

any member of the genus Sapindus, of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), comprising about 12 species of shrubs and trees native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, the Americas, and islands of the Pacific

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