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.


French térébène, from térébinthe, terebinth, from Old French terebinte; see terebinth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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