Other Word Forms
Origin of turpentine
- Middle English resin of the terebinth from Old French terebentine from Latin terebinthina (rēsīna) terebinth (resin) from Greek terebinthinē feminine of terebenthinos from terebinthos terebinth tree
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English turbentine, ultimately from Ancient Greek τερέβινθος (terébinthos, “terebinth tree").