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  1. soapbark(def 1).

Origin of quillai

1865–70; < American Spanish < Araucanian
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Examples from the Web for quillai

Historical Examples

  • When had recourse to for cleansing silks, quillai bark is said not to change the colour of the fabric.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • Instead of soap, they used the back of the quillai, which is an excellent substitute.

British Dictionary definitions for quillai


  1. another name for soapbark (def. 1)

Word Origin

C19: via American Spanish from Araucanian
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