: 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

Word History


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

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“Saponaria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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