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  1. See soapwort
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Late Latin saponarius soapy
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Historical Examples

  • So in Saponaria, in Dianthus, and other Caryophylleæ, three and four verticils of stamens have been met with.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • In the flowers of Saponaria officinalis Dr. Masters has observed instances of both marginal and free central placentation.

  • Twenty-eight species of diurnal Lepidoptera have been collected upon a single variety of Saponaria.

  • The bark of Quillaia saponaria renders water frothy and is used as a detergent by wool dyers.

  • "Saponaria vaccaria," with its curious angled calyx and pretty pink flower.

    In a Cheshire Garden

    Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton