Definition of soapberry in English:

soapberry

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊpbɛri
 
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noun (plural soapberries)

  • 1A tree or shrub with berries that produce a soapy froth when crushed, in particular:
    • a plant with saponin-rich berries that are used as a soap substitute (genus Sapindus, family Sapindaceae).a North American shrub with edible berries (Shepherdia canadensis, family Elaeagnaceae).
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    • The most common forms included beech-like trees, poplars, willows, cattails, sumac, soapberry, and conifers such as pines, sequoias, and false cypress.
    • Juniper trees are common throughout the canyon as well as mesquite, cottonwood, salt cedar, willow, western soapberry and hackberry.
    • Streams, although they may flow only intermittently, help support the growth of several trees, among them blue palo verde, mesquite, velvet ash, small-leaved mulberry, netleaf hackberry, and soapberry.
  • 1.1The berry of any of the soapberry plants.

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