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a Chilean tree, Quillaja saponaria, of the rose family, having evergreen leaves and small, white flowers.
the inner bark of this tree, used as a substitute for soap.
Also called quillai. a W South American rosaceous tree, Quillaja saponaria, with undivided evergreen leaves and small white flowers
Also called quillai bark. the inner bark of this tree, formerly used as soap and as a source of saponin
any of several trees or shrubs that have a bark similar to this


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