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).
- 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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