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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 of soapberry
1685-1695
1685-95; soap + berry
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Examples from the web for soapberry
  • 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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