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.

soap′ plant`


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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The similarities between a plant illustrated in the Voynich Manuscript and the soap plant depicted in the 1552 Codex Cruz-Badianus of Mexico--considered the first medical text written in the New World--propelled the authors down a path leading to the identification of 37 plants, six animals and one mineral in the manuscript from the Americas--specifically, from post-Conquest Nueva Espana (New Spain) and the surrounding regions.
The similarities between a plant illustrated in the Voynich Manuscript and the soap plant depicted in the 1552 Codex Cruz-Badianus of Mexico - considered the first medical text written in the New World - propelled the authors down a path leading to the identification of 37 plants, 6 animals, and 1 mineral in the manuscript from the Americas - specifically, from post-Conquest Nueva Espana (New Spain) and the surrounding regions.