American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Mediterranean tree (Pistacia terebinthus) that is a source of tanning material and turpentine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The turpentine-tree, Pistacia Terebinthus, native in the lands about the Mediterranean, the source of Chian turpentine. It is a tree of moderate size, with pinnate leaves and panicles of inconspicuous flowers. It is common in the hot and dry southern and eastern parts of Palestine, there taking the place of the oak. It generally stands isolated, seldom in clumps, never in forests, and is an object of veneration. Also named Algerine or Barbary mastic-tree.
- n. Turpentine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The turpentine tree.
- n. a Mediterranean tree yielding Chian turpentine
- Middle English terebinthe, from Old French terebinte, from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hos. 4: 13; rendered "terebinth" in the Revised Version.”
“Next to the "terebinth" was the tomb of the favorite horse of Lucius”
“terebinth" or "large tree" generally, would seem to indicate that originally El or Elath was marked by a large grove of perhaps terebinths.”
“For example, one of the Canaanite epithets of Asherah, elat, “goddess,” is etymologically identical to the Hebrew word for the terebinth tree (ela).”
“Another word for “terebinth” (alla) and two words for “oak” (elon and allon) are also closely related.”
“Five or six stand in the shade of a terebinth, watching a Phoenician juggle bright purple balls.”
“Suddenly he finds himself stunned by a blow while his head is caught in the fork of the low hanging branches of a terebinth tree.”
“A slave followed with a terebinth table and crystal dice, and I noted one piece of luxury that was superlative; for instead of black and white pieces, he used gold and silver coins.”
“Much of the wealth that came out of Arabia and India was related to this resin, taken from the bark of the terebinth tree.”
“The mostly treeless steppe, where silvery wormwoods, shrubby chenopods, and stands of tall grasses once extended as far as the eye could see, began yielding to woodlands of oak, terebinth, almond, maple, and hawthorn.”
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