Definition of turpentine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːpəntaɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrpəntaɪn//
(informal turps
BrE BrE//tɜːps//
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrps//
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a clear liquid with a strong smell, used especially for making paint thinner and for cleaning paint from brushes and clothes Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ter(e)bentine, from Latin ter(e)binthina (resina) ‘(resin) of the turpentine tree’, from terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: turpentine