terpene etymology

English word terpene comes from Latin terebinthina (Turpentine.)

Detailed word origin of terpene

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
terebinthina Latin (lat) Turpentine.
terpene English (eng) (organic compound) A very large class of naturally occurring and synthetic organic compounds formally derived from the hydrocarbon isoprene; they include many volatile compounds used in perfume and food flavours, turpentine, the steroids, the carotene pigments and rubber.