[ tur-pith ]
/ ˈtɜr pɪθ /
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the root of an East Indian plant, Merremia (or Operculina) turpethum, of the morning glory family, formerly used as a purgative.
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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British Dictionary definitions for turpeth

/ (ˈtɜːpɪθ) /


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

Word Origin for turpeth

C14: from Medieval Latin turbithum, ultimately from Arabic turbid
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