bouncing Bet also bouncing bet (bĕt)
A perennial Eurasian herb (Saponaria officinalis) of the pink family, planted as an ornamental for its dense clusters of pink to whitish flowers and widely naturalized in the United States. Also called soapwort.
[From Bet, nickname for Elizabeth.]
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