<chemistry> A soapy mixture obtained by treating an essential oil with an alkali; hence, any similar compound of an essential oil.

Alternative forms: saponule.

Origin: F. Saponule, fr. L. Sapo, -onis, soap.

(01 Mar 1998)

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