Sapindus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sapindus type genus of the Sapindaceae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sapindus (Bot) A genus of tropical and subtropical trees with pinnate leaves and panicled flowers. The fruits of some species are used instead of soap, and their round black seeds are made into necklaces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sapindus A genus of polypetalous trees, type of the order Sapindaceæ and of the tribe Sapindeæ. It is characterized by regular and polygamous flowers with four or five sepals and as many petals, twice as many stamens, filaments bearded or hairy, versatile anthers, a complete and regular disk, solitary ovules, and a fruit of one or two oblong or globose nutlets, each containing a single globose seed without an aril. There are about 40 species, natives of the tropics of both hemispheres, mostly trees, sometimes climbing shrubs. They bear alternate leaves, which are undivided, or are abruptly pinnate with several entire leaflets, or are reduced to a single leaflet. The flowers form terminal or axillary racemes or panicles. All the species, and several specifically, are known as soapberry. See soapberry; also wild china-tree, under china-tree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sapindus sā-pin′dus a genus of polypetalous trees, as Soapberry.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. sapo, soap + Indicus, Indian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sapo Indicus, Indian soap.

Usage

In literature:

The soap-worts to which the genus Sapindus belongs are tropical plants.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
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