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soap plant

Any plant that produces a lather that can be used for cleansing. Examples include the California soap plant, the soapberry, and the soapwort. My mom makes all-natural soap out of soap plants.
See also: plant, soap
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The similarities between a plant illustrated in the Voynich Manuscript and the soap plant depicted in the 1552 Codex Cruz-Badianus of Mexico--considered the first medical text written in the New World--propelled the authors down a path leading to the identification of 37 plants, six animals and one mineral in the manuscript from the Americas--specifically, from post-Conquest Nueva Espana (New Spain) and the surrounding regions.
Native Los Angeleno Billy Shire is best known as the prodigious owner of the Soap Plant, Wacko stores and La Luz de Jesus Gallery.