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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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Disraeli once described the manner of Bishop Wilberforce as "unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous." And the good prelate was ever afterward known as Soapy Sam.
Combined with user interviews and correlation analysis, 49 Kansei adjectives were obtained, shown as follows: simple, modern, outstanding, exquisite, manly, innovative, free, speedy, lively, plump, elaborate, futuristic, special, practical, abrupt, integral, mellow, bright, hard, glossy, vivid, organic, fluent, energetic, powerful, precise, classy, orderly, decent, beautiful, coordinating, harmonious, distinct, sportive, striking, bionic, avantgarde, fickle, dynamic, technological, likeable, saponaceous, gorgeous, heavy, abstract, overbearing, comic, agile, and tensional.
Ancient divergences and recent connections in two tropical Atlantic reef fishes Epinephelus adscensionis and Rypticus saponaceous (Percoidei: Serranidae).