soapbark

[ sohp-bahrk ]
/ ˈsoʊpˌbɑrk /

noun

a Chilean tree, Quillaja saponaria, of the rose family, having evergreen leaves and small, white flowers.
the inner bark of this tree, used as a substitute for soap.

Nearby words

  1. soap plant,
  2. soap powder,
  3. soap-box,
  4. soap-bubble,
  5. soap-dish,
  6. soapberry,
  7. soapberry family,
  8. soapbox,
  9. soaper,
  10. soapfish

Origin of soapbark

First recorded in 1860–65; soap + bark2

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British Dictionary definitions for soapbark

soapbark

/ (ˈsəʊpˌbɑːk) /

noun

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