- a very viscid, blackish-brown liquid having an odor resembling that of turpentine, obtained by the destructive distillation of pine wood, used in paints, roofing, soaps, and, medicinally, for skin infections.
Origin of pine tar
First recorded in 1875–80
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- a brown or black semisolid or viscous substance, produced by the destructive distillation of pine wood, used in roofing compositions, paints, medicines, etc
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- A viscous or semisolid brown-to-black substance produced by distillation of pine wood and used as an expectorant and antiseptic.
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