Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small Mediterranean tree (Pistacia terebinthus) that is a source of tanning material and turpentine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Mediterranean tree, Pistacia palaestina or Pistacia terebinthus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The turpentine tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The turpentine-tree, Pistacia Terebinthus, native in the lands about the Mediterranean, the source of Chian turpentine.
  • n. Turpentine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Mediterranean tree yielding Chian turpentine

Etymologies

Middle English terebinthe, from Old French terebinte, from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Hos. 4: 13; rendered "terebinth" in the Revised Version.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Next to the "terebinth" was the tomb of the favorite horse of Lucius

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • "terebinth" or "large tree" generally, would seem to indicate that originally El or Elath was marked by a large grove of perhaps terebinths.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • For example, one of the Canaanite epithets of Asherah, elat, “goddess,” is etymologically identical to the Hebrew word for the terebinth tree (ela).

    Asherah/Asherim: Bible.

  • Another word for “terebinth” (alla) and two words for “oak” (elon and allon) are also closely related.

    Asherah/Asherim: Bible.

  • Five or six stand in the shade of a terebinth, watching a Phoenician juggle bright purple balls.

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 3)

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • 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.

    Satyricon

  • Much of the wealth that came out of Arabia and India was related to this resin, taken from the bark of the terebinth tree.

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • 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.

    The Goddess and the Bull

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  • "The vegetation on the trail—terebinth and spiny hawthorn—was dry and gnarled."
    "The Unconsoled" by George Packer, p 61 of the September 27, 2010 edition of The New Yokrer

    October 3, 2010