Definition of terebinth in English:



  • A small southern European tree which was formerly a source of turpentine and galls for use in tanning.

    Pistacia terebinthus, family Anacardiaceae

    • ‘But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.’
    • ‘Further tests indicated the presence of resin from the terebinth tree, a Middle Eastern member of the cashew family.’
    • ‘Many of them bring cheese, eggs, honey, nuts, terebinth seeds, terebinth soap, fruit and vegetables to sell, and vie for a pitch on the pavement.’


Late Middle English: from Old French therebinte, or via Latin from Greek terebinthos.