- to treat with turpentine; apply turpentine to.
- to gather or take crude turpentine from (trees).
Origin of turpentine
Examples from the Web for turpentine
She looks into my kennels, and it is as if turpentine had been rubbed on the hounds' snouts.In the Valley
Melt them well together over a slow fire; add a spoonful of turpentine, and lamp-black sufficient to give it a good black colour.
A little spirit of turpentine, or linseed oil, mixed with lime water, if kept constantly to the part will remove the pain.
Pete: Here I am, bound to blaze, as the spirits of turpentine said, when he was all a fire.
Judge: We don't want to know what the oyster said or the turpentine either.
- Also called: gum turpentine any of various viscous oleoresins obtained from various coniferous trees, esp from the longleaf pine, and used as the main source of commercial turpentine
- a brownish-yellow sticky viscous oleoresin that exudes from the terebinth tree
- Also called: oil of turpentine, spirits of turpentine a colourless flammable volatile liquid with a pungent odour, distilled from turpentine oleoresin. It is an essential oil containing a mixture of terpenes and is used as a solvent for paints and in medicine as a rubefacient and expectorantSometimes (esp Brit) shortened to: turps
- Also called: turpentine substitute, white spirit (not in technical usage) any one of a number of thinners for paints and varnishes, consisting of fractions of petroleumRelated adjective: terebinthine
- to treat or saturate with turpentine
- to extract crude turpentine from (trees)
Word Origin and History for turpentine
early 14c., terbentyn, from Old French terebinte, from Latin terebintha resina "resin of the terebinth tree," from Greek rhetine terebinthe, from fem. of terebinthos, earlier terminthos "terebinth tree," probably from a non-Indo-European language. By 16c. applied generally to resins from fir trees.
- A thin, easily vaporized oil that is distilled from the wood or resin of certain pine trees. It is used as a paint thinner and solvent. Chemical formula: C10H16.
- The sticky mixture of resin and oil from which this oil is distilled.