pine tar


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.

Nearby words

  1. pine needle,
  2. pine nut,
  3. pine siskin,
  4. pine snake,
  5. pine straw,
  6. pine tree shilling,
  7. pine tree state,
  8. pine warbler,
  9. pine-barren,
  10. pine-tree

Origin of pine tar

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pine tar

pine tar


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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Medicine definitions for pine tar

pine tar



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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