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turpentine

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

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 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

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turpentine

verb

Definition of turpentine

turpentined; turpentining
transitive verb
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

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TURPENTINE Defined for English Language Learners

turpentine

noun

Definition of turpentine for English Language Learners

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


TURPENTINE Defined for Kids

turpentine

noun tur·pen·tine \ ˈtər-pən-ˌtīn \

Definition of turpentine for Students

: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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