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Having the qualities of soap.

[Latin sāpō, sāpōn-, hair dye; see saponin + -aceous.]


resembling soap; soapy
[C18: from New Latin sāpōnāceus, from Latin sāpō soap]
ˌsapoˈnaceousness n


(ˌsæp əˈneɪ ʃəs)

resembling soap; soapy.
[1700–10; < New Latin sāpōnāceus= Latin sāpōn-, s. of sāpō soap + -āceus -aceous]
sap`o•na′ceous•ness, n.
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Adj.1.saponaceous - resembling or having the qualities of soap; "a soapy consistency"
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