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[tur-pith] /ˈtɜr pɪθ/
the root of an East Indian plant, Merremia (or Operculina) turpethum, of the morning glory family, formerly used as a purgative.
the plant itself.
Origin of turpeth
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin turpethum < Arabic turbid < Persian; akin to Sanskrit tripuṭā; replacing Middle English turbit(h)(e) < Old French turbit(h) < Arabic turbid, as above Unabridged
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  • Ethiops mineral and turpeth mineral are given to dogs when affected by the distemper, worms, or the mange.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • (10 grains)—Christison; and turpeth mineral has proved fatal in doses of 2·6 grms.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • As one grain of turpeth mineral (vitriolic calx of mercury) mixed with ten grains of fine sugar.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • turpeth mineral in the quantity of one grain mixed with ten grains of sugar answers every purpose to be expected from errhines.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for turpeth


a convolvulaceous plant, Operculina turpethum, of the East Indies, having roots with purgative properties
the root of this plant or the drug obtained from it
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin turbithum, ultimately from Arabic turbid
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