tur·​peth | \ ˈtərpə̇th\
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Definition of turpeth

1 : the root of a tropical Asiatic and Australian vine (Operculina turpethum) formerly used in medicine as a purgative also : the plant itself

called also Indian jalap, vegetable turpeth

2 or less commonly turpeth mineral : calomel

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History and Etymology for turpeth

alteration (influenced by New Latin turpethum turpeth, from Arabic turbid) of earlier turbith, from Middle English turbit, from Middle French turbit, from Arabic turbid

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