Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine, hard, white, odorless soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of fine, hard, white or mottled soap, originally made with olive oil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A kind of fine, hard, white or mottled soap, made with olive oil and soda; also, a soap made in imitation of the above-described soap.
  • n. a fine-grained hard soap, white or mottled, made of olive oil and soda; -- called also Marseilles soap or Venetian soap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See soap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a good hard soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide

Etymologies

After Castile .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Castile in Spain, from which it originally came. (Wiktionary)

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