noun tur·peth \ˈtərpə̇th\

Definition of turpeth



  1. 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. 2 less commonly turpeth mineral :  calomel

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Origin and Etymology of 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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quaintly unconventional or refined

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