tung oil


: a pale yellow pungent drying oil obtained from the seeds of tung trees and used chiefly in quick-drying varnishes and paints and as a waterproofing agent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The wood countertop is made from heart pine salvaged from a textile mill built in 1883; it is sealed with Waterlox, a food-safe tung oil. Andrea Caughey And Mike Grady, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2021 Finish with a wipe-on coat of tung oil to the legs and slats. Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2020

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Word History


partial translation of Chin (Beijing) tóngyóu

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tung oil was in 1881

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“Tung oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tung%20oil. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

tung oil


: an oil that is obtained from the seeds of any of several trees and especially from an Asian tree widely grown in warm regions and that is used chiefly in quick-drying varnishes and paints and for waterproofing

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