soap bush, noun phrase

Any of several species of shrubby plant formerly used for making soap. See also ganna.
1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. I. 83I found his three fresh and strapping daughters boiling soap, prepared with fat and the branches of the soap-bush.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 459Soap bush,..This name is also applied to Noltea africana; after macerating the saponaceous leaves of this bush the natives use them for washing.
[1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 160Soap Plant,..Helinus ovatus, a climbing plant used in soap-making, is so called in the Eastern Province.]
1987 M. Poland Train to Doringbult 63The afternoon light was harsh. Even the soap bushes were withered, casting short, dry shadows.
Any of several species of shrubby plant formerly used for making soap.
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