plural of saponin
Sap"o*nin, n. Etym: [L. sapo, -onis soap: cf. F. saponine.] (Chem.)
Definition: A poisonous glucoside found in many plants, as in the root of soapwort (Saponaria), in the bark of soap bark (Quillaia), etc. It is extracted as a white amorphus powder, which occasions a soapy lather in solution, and produces a local anæstesia. Formerly called also struthiin, quilaiin, senegin, polygalic acid, etc. By extension, any one of a group of related bodies of which saponin proper is the type.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition
24 June 2021
(adjective) somewhat indefinite; “bearing a general resemblance to the original”; “a general description of the merchandise”
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