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bouncing Bet

[bet]
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noun
  1. soapwort.
Also bouncing Bess [bes] /bɛs/.

Origin of bouncing Bet

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for bouncing bet

Historical Examples

  • Bouncing-bet and her comely hearty cousins of the pink family made delightsome many a corner of our home garden.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle


British Dictionary definitions for bouncing bet

bouncing Bet

noun
  1. another name for soapwort
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