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[sohp-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural soap·ber·ries.
  1. the fruit of any of certain tropical or subtropical trees of the genus Sapindus, especially S. saponaria, used as a substitute for soap.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of soapberry

First recorded in 1685–95; soap + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for soapberry


noun plural -ries
  1. any of various chiefly tropical American sapindaceous trees of the genus Sapindus, esp S. saponaria (or S. marginatus), having pulpy fruit containing saponin
  2. a related plant, S. drummondii, of the southwestern US
  3. the fruit of any of these trees
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Also called: chinaberry
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