[sohp-wurt, -wawrt]
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Origin of soapwort

First recorded in 1540–50; soap + wort2
Also called bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. 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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