Saponaria

noun Sap·o·nar·ia

Definition of Saponaria

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of saponaria

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


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