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EtymologyEdit

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɜː.pən.ˌtaɪn/

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turpentine (countable and uncountable, plural turpentines)

  1. 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.

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turpentine (third-person singular simple present turpentines, present participle turpentining, simple past and past participle turpentined)

  1. (transitive) To drain resin from (a tree) for use in making turpentine.