Saponaria

noun
Sap·​o·​nar·​ia

Definition of Saponaria

: a genus of Old World herbs (family Caryophyllaceae) having large flowers with a tubular or gibbous calyx, five clawed petals, and a 4-valved capsular fruit — see soapwort

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History and Etymology for Saponaria

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, feminine of saponarius of soap, from Latin sapon-, sapo soap + -arius -ary

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“Saponaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saponaria. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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