a) Resembling soap; having the qualities of soap; soapy.
b) Slippery, evasive

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  • Saponaceous — Sap o*na ceous, a. [L. sapo, onis, soap, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. soap. See {Soap}.] Resembling soap; having the qualities of soap; soapy. [1913 Webster] Note: Saponaceous bodies are compounds of an acid and a base, and are in reality a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saponaceous — [sap΄ə nā′shəs] adj. [ModL saponaceus < L sapo, soap: see SAPONIFY] soapy or soaplike …   English World dictionary

  • saponaceous — Soapy; relating to or resembling soap. * * * sap·o·na·ceous .sap ə nā shəs adj resembling or having the qualities of soap <a saponaceous preparation> * * * sa·po·na·ceous (sap″o naґshəs) [L. sapo soap] of a soapy quality or… …   Medical dictionary

  • saponaceous — adjective Etymology: New Latin saponaceus, from Latin sapon , sapo soap, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English sāpe soap Date: 1710 resembling or having the qualities of soap • saponaceousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saponaceous — saponaceousness, n. /sap euh nay sheuhs/, adj. resembling soap; soapy. [1700 10; < NL saponaceus, equiv. to L sapon (s. of sapo) SOAP + aceus ACEOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • saponaceous — sap·o·na·ceous || ‚sæpəʊ neɪʃəs adj. soapy, resembling soap; containing soap; evasive, elusive, slippery …   English contemporary dictionary

  • saponaceous — [ˌsapə neɪʃəs] adjective resembling or containing soap; soapy. Origin C18: from mod. L. saponaceus (from L. sapo, sapon soap ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • saponaceous — a. Soapy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • saponaceous — sap·o·na·ceous …   English syllables

  • saponaceous — sap•o•na•ceous [[t]ˌsæp əˈneɪ ʃəs[/t]] adj. resembling soap; soapy • Etymology: 1700–10; < NL sāpōnāceus= L sāpōn , s. of sāpō soap+ āceus aceous sap o•na′ceous•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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