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noun Chemistry.
  1. a liquid terpene, C10H16, the principal constituent of oil of turpentine, found in other essential oils: used chiefly in the manufacture of camphor.
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Origin of pinene

First recorded in 1880–85; pine1 + -ene
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Historical Examples of pinene

  • The so-called “artificial camphor” is pinene hydrochloride (see Terpenes).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for pinene


  1. either of two isomeric terpenes, found in many essential oils and constituting the main part of oil of turpentine. The commonest structural isomer (α-pinene) is used in the manufacture of camphor, solvents, plastics, and insecticides. Formula: C 10 H 16
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Word Origin for pinene

C20: from pine 1 + -ene
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