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soapbark

[sohp-bahrk] /ˈsoʊpˌbɑrk/
noun
1.
a Chilean tree, Quillaja saponaria, of the rose family, having evergreen leaves and small, white flowers.
2.
the inner bark of this tree, used as a substitute for soap.
Origin of soapbark
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; soap + bark2
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British Dictionary definitions for soapbark

soapbark

/ˈsəʊpˌbɑːk/
noun
1.
Also called quillai. a W South American rosaceous tree, Quillaja saponaria, with undivided evergreen leaves and small white flowers
2.
Also called quillai bark. the inner bark of this tree, formerly used as soap and as a source of saponin
3.
any of several trees or shrubs that have a bark similar to this
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