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  1. the root of an East Indian plant, Merremia (or Operculina) turpethum, of the morning glory family, formerly used as a purgative.
  2. the plant itself.
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Origin of turpeth

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin turpethum < Arabic turbid < Persian; akin to Sanskrit tripuṭā; replacing Middle English turbit(h)(e) < Old French turbit(h) < Arabic turbid, as above
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Historical Examples

  • (10 grains)—Christison; and Turpeth mineral has proved fatal in doses of 2·6 grms.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

  • Ethiops mineral and Turpeth mineral are given to dogs when affected by the distemper, worms, or the mange.

  • As one grain of turpeth mineral (vitriolic calx of mercury) mixed with ten grains of fine sugar.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Turpeth mineral in the quantity of one grain mixed with ten grains of sugar answers every purpose to be expected from errhines.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for turpeth


  1. a convolvulaceous plant, Operculina turpethum, of the East Indies, having roots with purgative properties
  2. the root of this plant or the drug obtained from it
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin turbithum, ultimately from Arabic turbid
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