soap·​ber·​ry | \ ˈsōp-ˌber-ē How to pronounce soapberry (audio) \

Definition of soapberry

: any of a genus (Sapindus of the family Sapindaceae, the soapberry family) of chiefly tropical woody plants also : the fruit of a soapberry and especially of a tree (S. saponaria) that is saponin-rich and used as a soap substitute

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Recent Examples on the Web The oil-to-foam cleanser claims to remove any makeup and dirt without drying out the skin using soapberry extract. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "13 popular K-beauty products for the ultimate skincare routine," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of soapberry

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Soapberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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