from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mixture of terpenes prepared from oil of turpentine, used as an expectorant and antiseptic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various preparations, composed mainly of terpenes, obtained from camphor or turpentine by several chemical methods, used as an expectorant and antiseptic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A polymeric modification of terpene, obtained as a white crystalline camphorlike substance; -- called also camphene. By extension, any one of a group of related substances.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless mobile liquid hydrocarbon (C10H16) having a faint odor, and optically inactive, prepared by treating rectified oil of turpentine with concentrated sulphuric acid in the cold.
The new devices were dismal, such as the vile stuff called terebene, which smoked and smelt more than it illuminated, such as the wax tapers which were coiled round bottles that had seen better days.
By the action of a small quantity of sulphuric acid, among other products terebene is formed.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.