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  1. a Mediterranean tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the cashew family, yielding Chian turpentine.
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Origin of terebinth

1350–1400; < Latin terebinthus < Greek terébinthos turpentine tree; replacing Middle English therebinte < Middle French < Latin, as above
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Historical Examples of terebinth

  • Next to the "terebinth" was the tomb of the favorite horse of Lucius Verus.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • The Jews, by preference, bury their dead beneath the shadow of a Terebinth.

  • I do not know that you will equally appreciate the terebinth tree.

    The Swiss Family Robinson

    Johann David Wyss

  • The olive looks at the cedar and the terebinth and the palm.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson

  • While luncheon is preparing in the shade of the terebinth, I wade into the brook and cast my fly along the ripples.

British Dictionary definitions for terebinth


  1. a small anacardiaceous tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the Mediterranean region, having winged leafstalks and clusters of small flowers, and yielding a turpentine
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Word Origin for terebinth

C14: from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos turpentine tree
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Word Origin and History for terebinth


Mediterranean tree, a member of the sumac family, late 14c., from Old French therebint (13c.), from Latin terebinthus (Pliny), from Greek terebinthos, probably of foreign origin (Creto-Minoic?). The tree is the source of Chian turpentine.

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