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Any of several usually small trees of the genus Pistacia of the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, especially P. terebinthus, formerly an important source of tanning material and turpentine.

[Middle English terebinthe, from Old French terebinte, from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos.]


(Plants) a small anacardiaceous tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the Mediterranean region, having winged leafstalks and clusters of small flowers, and yielding a turpentine
[C14: from Latin terebinthus, from Greek terebinthos turpentine tree]


(ˈtɛr ə bɪnθ)

a Mediterranean tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the cashew family, yielding an oleoresin (Chian turpentine).
[1350–1400; Middle English therebinte < Middle French < Latin terebinthus < Greek terébinthos]
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Noun1.terebinth - a Mediterranean tree yielding Chian turpentineterebinth - a Mediterranean tree yielding Chian turpentine
genus Pistacia, Pistacia - a dicotyledonous genus of trees of the family Anacardiaceae having drupaceous fruit
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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And Abram moved his tent, And came and dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre, Which are in Hebron, And built there an altar unto the Lord.
that mountain on the other side of the Jordan, beyond the west road which is in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the Arabah, near Gilgal by the Terebinths of Moreh, near Shechem"(17) (Exodus 20, after verse 14).
Abraham is connected particularly with the Negeb, in the south of the country, with the names of Hebron and Beer-Sheba, but also with Bethel and Shechem in the central hill/country (Genesis 13:18 "the terebinths of Mature which are in Hebron"; 14:13; 18:1; 21:31; 22:19; 23; Genesis 12:6, 8, 13:3-4).