soapwort

[ sohp-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈsoʊpˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /

noun

a plant, Saponaria officinalis, of the pink family, whose leaves are used for cleansing.

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Origin of soapwort

First recorded in 1540–50; soap + wort2
Also called bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess.
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soapwort
/ (ˈsəʊpˌwɜːt) /

noun

a Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Saponaria officinalis, having rounded clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers and leaves that were formerly used as a soap substituteAlso called: bouncing Bet
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