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

  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical trees of the genus Sapindus, having pulpy fruit that lathers like soap.
  • n. The fruit of any of these trees.
  • n. The buffalo berry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any woody plant of the genus Sapindus, which is eponymous of the Sapindaceae family
  • n. The fruit of such a plant, especially of the tree Sapindus saponaria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of one of several species of Sapindus; also, any of the trees producing it, and, by extension, any member of the genus.

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

  • n. a tree of the genus Sapindus whose fruit is rich in saponin


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

soap +‎ berry: the fleshy part of the fruit was used in washing linen.



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