soapberries

soapberry

[sohp-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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:
1685–95; soap + berry

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soapberry (ˈsəʊpˌbɛrɪ)
 
n , 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

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