terpene

noun
ter·​pene | \ˈtər-ˌpēn \

Definition of terpene 

: any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis broadly : any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams

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Other Words from terpene

terpeneless \ ˈtər-​ˌpēn-​ləs \ adjective
terpenoid \ ˈtər-​pə-​ˌnȯid , ˌtər-​ˈpē-​ \ adjective or noun

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Research suggests that the terpenes in cannabis may work synergistically with cannabinoids to enhance medicinal effects. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 And what remains in the collection chamber is the good stuff: a sticky, resinous substance with high concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Shatter, Batter, Wax: How Cannabis Extracts Come to Be," 22 Mar. 2018 Nor are terpenes, the compounds that Black Hammer uses to imbue beers with that dank cannabis flavor. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F.’s Black Hammer Brewing ordered to stop making cannabis beer," 23 May 2018 Legalization also means the increased availability of vaporizers, terpene cartridges, tinctures, and many other less-stinky options. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018 And this guy, in his Savile Row suit and his status as Republican fund-raising bundler, was talking about the adaptogenic qualities of your CBDs and THCs and natural oils and endemic terpenes. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 While not a 420 deal, breweries across the nation, including Sailfish Brewing Co. in Fort Pierce, Fla., are releasing special terpene beer on Friday. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "420 Day: Freebies, deals and all the buzz about this special day," 19 Apr. 2018 These compounds don't include any THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but when added into the hopping process, terpenes can give beer a subtle, dank weed-like flavor. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "420 Day: Freebies, deals and all the buzz about this special day," 19 Apr. 2018 In high concentrations, terpenes can be pungently perfumey, as in moscato or gewurztraminer wines. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Trivento 'White Orchid' Torrontés," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of terpene

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terpene

International Scientific Vocabulary terp- (from German Terpentin turpentine, from Medieval Latin terbentina) + -ene — more at turpentine

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terpene

noun
ter·​pene | \ˈtər-ˌpēn \

Medical Definition of terpene 

: any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis broadly : any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams

Other Words from terpene

terpeneless \ -​ləs \ adjective
terpenic \ ˌtər-​ˈpē-​nik , -​ˈpen-​ik \ adjective

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