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

  • n. A thin volatile essential oil, C10H16, obtained by steam distillation or other means from the wood or exudate of certain pine trees and used as a paint thinner, solvent, and medicinally as a liniment. Also called oil of turpentine, spirit of turpentine.
  • n. The sticky mixture of resin and volatile oil from which turpentine is distilled.
  • n. A brownish-yellow resinous liquid obtained from the terebinth.
  • transitive v. To apply turpentine to or mix turpentine with.
  • transitive v. To extract turpentine from (a tree).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a volatile essential oil obtained from the wood of pine trees by steam distillation; it is a complex mixture of monoterpenes; it is used as a solvent and paint thinner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A semifluid or fluid oleoresin, primarily the exudation of the terebinth, or turpentine, tree (Pistacia Terebinthus), a native of the Mediterranean region. It is also obtained from many coniferous trees, especially species of pine, larch, and fir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make or gather turpentine.
  • To apply turpentine to; rub with turpentine.
  • n. An oleoresinous substance secreted by the wood or bark of a number of trees, all coniferous except the terebinth, which yields Chian turpentine.
  • n. The oil or spirit of turpentine; turps: an ordinary but less precise use.

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

  • n. volatile liquid distilled from turpentine oleoresin; used as paint thinner and solvent and medicinally
  • n. obtained from conifers (especially pines)


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

Middle English, resin of the terebinth, from Old French terebentine, from Latin terebinthina (rēsīna), terebinth (resin), from Greek terebinthinē, feminine of terebenthinos, from terebinthos, terebinth tree.

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From Middle English turbentine, ultimately from Ancient Greek τερέβινθος (terébinthos, "terebinth tree").



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  • y serpentine

    May 1, 2009

  • This reminds me of my favorite line from Young Guns 2.

    Sheriff Kimbel, when ordered to go after Billy The Kid, had this to say in reply: "I'd rather drink turpentine and piss on a brush fire."

    Wonderful imagery.

    November 15, 2008