bouncing bet

noun
\ -ˈbet How to pronounce bouncing bet (audio) \
variants: or bouncing Bet

Definition of bouncing bet

: a European perennial herb (Saponaria officinalis) of the pink family that is widely naturalized in the U.S. and has pink or white flowers and leaves which yield a detergent when bruised

called also soapwort

First Known Use of bouncing bet

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bouncing bet

from Bet, nickname for Elizabeth

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“Bouncing bet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bouncing%20bet. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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