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oil of turpentine

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noun

a colorless, flammable, volatile essential oil having a penetrating odor and a pungent, bitter taste, obtained from turpentine oleoresin by distillation: used in paints and varnishes, and in medicine as a carminative, vermifuge, expectorant, rubefacient, and, formerly, as a diuretic.

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Origin of oil of turpentine

First recorded in 1590–1600
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oil of turpentine

noun

another name for turpentine (def. 3)
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