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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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  • soapberry and bearberry bushes grow on the taiga where they provide berries for bears and other animals.
  • The primary berry sources in the study area are blueberry, crowberry and soapberry.
British Dictionary definitions for soapberry

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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