- a plant, Saponaria officinalis, of the pink family, whose leaves are used for cleansing.
Origin of soapwort
Also called bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess.
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Examples from the Web for soapwort
Dr. Handel prescribes a warm fomentation with a decoction of soapwort.The Natural History of Cage Birds
J. M. Bechstein
It was common wayside "Bouncing Bet," but the Harvester called it "soapwort."
Next came carrying the couch grass, wild alum, and soapwort into the store-room.
A handsome wild plant of this order is the Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis).Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
The Soapwort comes to us from Europe, where in some localities it is a common wild flower.
- 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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