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a. Any of various chiefly tropical trees of the genus Sapindus, having pulpy saponin-containing fruit that lathers like soap.
b. The fruit of any of these trees.
2. A buffaloberry.
n, pl -riesAlso called: chinaberry
1. (Plants) any of various chiefly tropical American sapindaceous trees of the genus Sapindus, esp S. saponaria (or S. marginatus), having pulpy fruit containing saponin
2. (Plants) a related plant, S. drummondii, of the southwestern US
3. (Cookery) the fruit of any of these trees
soap•ber•ry(ˈsoʊpˌbɛr i, -bə ri)
n., pl. -ries.
1. the fruit of any tropical or subtropical tree of the genus Sapindus, esp. S. saponaria: used as a substitute for soap.
2. the tree itself.
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|Noun||1.||soapberry - a tree of the genus Sapindus whose fruit is rich in saponin|
Sapindus drumondii, Sapindus marginatus, wild China tree - deciduous tree of southwestern United States having pulpy fruit containing saponin
China tree, chinaberry, false dogwood, jaboncillo, Sapindus saponaria - evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms