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turpentine

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

Simple Definition of turpentine

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of turpentine

  1. 1a :  a yellow to brown semifluid oleoresin obtained as an exudate from the terebinthb :  an oleoresin obtained from various conifers (as some pines and firs)

  2. 2a :  an essential oil obtained from turpentines by distillation and used especially as a solvent and thinner —called also gum turpentineb :  a similar oil obtained by distillation or carbonization of pinewood —called also wood turpentine

Origin and Etymology 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

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turpentine

transitive verb tur·pen·tine

Definition of turpentine

turpentined

turpentining

  1. 1 :  to apply turpentine to

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



1759

First Known Use of turpentine

1759

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TURPENTINE Defined for Kids

turpentine

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noun tur·pen·tine \ˈtər-pən-ˌtīn\

Definition of turpentine for Students

  1. :  an oil made from resin and used as a solvent and as a paint thinner




Medical Dictionary

turpentine

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

Medical Definition of turpentine

  1. 1a:  a yellow to brown semifluid oleoresin obtained as an exudate from the terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus) of the sumac familyb:  an oleoresin obtained from various conifers (as some pines and firs)

  2. 2a:  an essential oil obtained from turpentines by distillation and used especially as a solvent and thinner—called also oil of turpentineb:  a similar oil obtained by distillation or carbonization of pinewood—called also wood turpentine




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