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[ter-uh-binth] /ˈtɛr ə bɪnθ/
a Mediterranean tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the cashew family, yielding Chian turpentine.
Origin of terebinth
1350-1400; < Latin terebinthus < Greek terébinthos turpentine tree; replacing Middle English therebinte < Middle French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • Next to the "terebinth" was the tomb of the favorite horse of Lucius Verus.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • The Jews, by preference, bury their dead beneath the shadow of a terebinth.

  • I do not know that you will equally appreciate the terebinth tree.

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
  • The olive looks at the cedar and the terebinth and the palm.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • While luncheon is preparing in the shade of the terebinth, I wade into the brook and cast my fly along the ripples.

  • The eastern slopes are comparatively bare of trees; but the western are well supplied with oak, terebinth and pine.

  • He then eats some of a cake made of preserved figs, tastes the fruit of the terebinth tree, and drinks a cup of sour milk.

  • The altar this white-horned goat shall stain with blood, this goat that browses on the tips of the terebinth boughs.

  • It belongs to the terebinth family (Anacardium), consequently is closely related to our native poison sumachs (Rhus).

    The Nut Culturist Andrew S. Fuller
  • One day he bore Zillah in his arms, and laid her upon the cot under the terebinth.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
British Dictionary definitions for terebinth


a small anacardiaceous tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the Mediterranean region, having winged leafstalks and clusters of small flowers, and yielding a turpentine
Word Origin
C14: from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos turpentine tree
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Word Origin and History for terebinth

Mediterranean tree, a member of the sumac family, late 14c., from Old French therebint (13c.), from Latin terebinthus (Pliny), from Greek terebinthos, probably of foreign origin (Creto-Minoic?). The tree is the source of Chian turpentine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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