Meaning of turpentine


Pronunciation: (tûr'pun-tīn"), [key]
— n., v., -tined, -tin•ing.
  1. any of various oleoresins derived from coniferous trees, esp. the longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, and yielding a volatile oil and a resin when distilled.
  2. Also calledan oleoresin exuded by the terebinth, Pistacia terebinthus.
  3. See
  1. to treat with turpentine; apply turpentine to.
  2. to gather or take crude turpentine from (trees).
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