soap plant

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soap plant

n.
1. Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Chlorogalum of western North America, having small white or purple flowers. The bulbs of several species, especially C. pomeridianum, produce a soapy lather when crushed.
2. Any of various other plants having parts used as soap.

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n.
1. a California plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, of the lily family, the bulb of which was used by the Indians as a soap.
2. any of various other plants having parts that can be used as a soap.
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CBC has conducted extensive research on a family of purified saponin compounds derived from the soapbark tree Quillaja saponaria, found in South America and Hindustan and cultivated in large commercial scale, producing crude saponin products for applications as varied as heavy industrial cleaners, food emulsifiers and cosmetic additives, among other applications.