oil of turpentine


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oil of turpentine

[′ȯil əv ′tər·pən‚tīn]
(materials)
Water-insoluble, colorless, volatile essential oil distilled from turpentine; contains pinene, sylvestrene, and dipentene; used as a carminative, solvent, paint vehicle, and disinfectant.

turpentine, oil of turpentine

A volatile liquid obtained by the distillation of the exudation from certain coniferous trees; once widely used in paint, it is now replaced by solvents obtained from petroleum or coal-tar stocks. Also see wood turpentine.

wood turpentine, oil of turpentine

A turpentine made by the distillation of sawdust, wood chips, and waste wood; except for its characteristic odor, it differs little from true turpentine.