oil of turpentine


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oil of turpentine volatile liquid distilled from turpentine oleoresin; used as paint thinner and solvent and medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oil of turpentine (Chem) a colorless oily hydrocarbon, C10H16, of a pleasant aromatic odor, obtained by the distillation of crude turpentine. It is used in making varnishes, in medicine, etc. It is the type of the terpenes and is related to cymene. Called also terebenthene terpene, etc.
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In literature:

Castor oil and turpentine was what dey give 'em most of de time.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
To polish hardwood floors, use equal parts of vinegar, turpentine and olive oil, thoroughly mixed: Rub in and polish with soft cloth.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
The sources of common household substances, such as coal-oil, gasolene, paraffin, turpentine, washing soda, whiting, bathbrick, soap.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Oil of turpentine (turps).
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
The mucus of the bladder is increased by cantharides, and perhaps by oil of turpentine.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The chest should be rubbed with a liniment composed of one part of turpentine and two parts of camphorated oil.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The patient had already undergone various plans of treatment, and had especially used the oil of turpentine in very large doses.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
It is very frequently adulterated with oil of turpentine.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Understand the mixing of oils; turpentine, etc., to the proper consistency.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Oil of turpentine absorbed this air very fast, turning brown, and almost black.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley