Definition of Canada turpentine in English:

Canada turpentine


  • A resin which exudes from either of two coniferous trees native to eastern and central North America, the balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis); a pale yellow turpentine made from such resin, commonly used as a varnish, glue, and mounting medium for microscope slides; = "Canada balsam".


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Brookes (fl. 1721–1763), physician and author.