verb (used with object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
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They are then placed in fairly strong limes for two or three days to swell the fibres and saponify the grease.Leather|K. J. Adcock
In any method it is necessary to saponify or emulsify the grease on the grain, or difficulties occur in dyeing and finishing.
They also saponify and emulsify the grease, and it is obvious, therefore, that liming can be carried too far.
Next to olive oil, this species is the most easy to saponify.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
If any does get on, a little animal grease or vegetable oil will quickly saponify it.Electric Gas Lighting|Norman H. Schneider