/sohp"werrt', -wawrt'/, n.
a plant, Saponaria officinalis, of the pink family, whose leaves are used for cleansing.
Also called bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess.
[1540-50; SOAP + WORT2]

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      any of several plants of the genus Saponaria (about 40 species), in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae). While most are weedy, a few are cultivated, especially the trailing species S. ocymoides, with several varieties having pink to deep-red flower clusters. Bouncing Bet (S. officinalis), reaching to a height of 1 metre (3 feet), is widely naturalized in eastern North America. Its roots have been used medicinally, and its sap is a substitute for soap.

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