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1turpentine

noun tur·pen·tine \ˈtər-pən-ˌtīn, ˈtər-pəm-\

: a type of oil with a strong smell that is used to make paint thinner and to clean paint brushes

Full Definition of TURPENTINE

1
a :  a yellow to brown semifluid oleoresin obtained as an exudate from the terebinth
b :  an oleoresin obtained from various conifers (as some pines and firs)
2
a :  an essential oil obtained from turpentines by distillation and used especially as a solvent and thinner —called also gum turpentine
b :  a similar oil obtained by distillation or carbonization of pinewood —called also wood turpentine
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Origin of TURPENTINE

Middle English terbentyne, turpentyne, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French terebentine, from Medieval Latin terbentina, from Latin terebinthina, feminine of terebinthinus of terebinth, from terebinthus terebinth, from Greek terebinthos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Paints and Dyes Terms

bloom, craze, medium, size, vehicle

2turpentine

transitive verb
turpentinedturpentin·ing

Definition of TURPENTINE

1
:  to apply turpentine to
2
:  to extract turpentine from; especially :  to tap (pine trees) in order to obtain turpentine

First Known Use of TURPENTINE

1759

Other Paints and Dyes Terms

bloom, craze, medium, size, vehicle
TURPENTINED Defined for Kids

turpentine

noun tur·pen·tine \ˈtər-pən-ˌtīn\

Definition of TURPENTINE for Kids

:  an oil made from resin and used as a solvent and as a paint thinner
Medical Dictionary

turpentine

noun tur·pen·tine \ˈtər-pən-ˌtīn, ˈtərp-əm-\

Medical Definition of TURPENTINE

1
a :  a yellow to brown semifluid oleoresin obtained as an exudate from the terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus) of the sumac family b :  an oleoresin obtained from various conifers (as some pines and firs)
2
a :  an essential oil obtained from turpentines by distillation and used especially as a solvent and thinner—called also oil of turpentine b :  a similar oil obtained by distillation or carbonization of pinewood—called also wood turpentine

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