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soap plant

noun
  1. a Californian plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, of the lily family, the bulb of which was used by the Indians as a soap.
  2. any of various other plants having parts that can be used as a soap.
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Origin of soap plant

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Historical Examples of soap plant

  • The "soap-plant" (amole) is one which appears to be among the most serviceable.

    What I Saw in California

    Edwin Bryant

  • The leaves of the soap-plant have been with us all the spring, increasing in length as the season has advanced.

  • This is not the only plant popularly known as soap-plant among us.

  • There was a stir in the soap-plant outside and Marvin emerged, hurried around to the door, and entered the cabin.

    Lightnin'

    Frank Bacon