One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bitter glucoside, C₂₂H₃₆O₁₁, obtained from the needles and bark of the Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris, and the leaves of the American arbor vitae, Thuja occidentalis.
Mid 19th century. From German Pinipicrin from classical Latin pīnus + German -i- + ancient Greek πικρός bitter + German -in.
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