Turpeth
Turpeth Tur"peth, n. [NL. turpethum, fr. Per. tirbid a cathartic, turbad a purgative root. Cf. {Turbith}.] [Written also {turbeth}, and {turbith}.] 1. (Bot.) The root of {Ipom[oe]a Turpethum}, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, formerly used in medicine as a purgative; -- sometimes called {vegetable turpeth}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) A heavy yellow powder, {Hg3O2SO4}, which consists of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- called also {turpeth mineral}. [1913 Webster]


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  • turpeth — n. (in full turpeth root) the root of an E. Indian plant, Ipomoea turpethum, used as a cathartic. Etymology: ME f. med.L turbit(h)um f. Arab. & Pers. turbid …   Useful english dictionary

  • turpeth — /terr pith/, n. 1. the root of an East Indian plant, Merremia (or Operculina) turpethum, of the morning glory family, formerly used as a purgative. 2. the plant itself. [1350 1400; < ML turpethum < Ar turbid < Pers; akin to Skt triputa; r. ME… …   Universalium

  • turpeth — tur·peth …   English syllables

  • turpeth — /ˈtɜpəθ/ (say terpuhth) noun 1. a drug obtained from the roots of a plant, Operculina turpethum, of South East Asia, formerly used as a purgative. 2. the plant itself. 3. its root. {Medieval Latin turpethum; replacing Middle English turbit, from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • turpeth —   n. root of tropical plant used as purge; Indian jalap …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • turpeth mineral — Turpeth Tur peth, n. [NL. turpethum, fr. Per. tirbid a cathartic, turbad a purgative root. Cf. {Turbith}.] [Written also {turbeth}, and {turbith}.] 1. (Bot.) The root of {Ipom[oe]a Turpethum}, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, formerly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turpeth mineral — noun see turpeth 2 * * * turpeth mineral noun Basic mercuric sulphate • • • Main Entry: ↑turpeth …   Useful english dictionary

  • vegetable turpeth — Turpeth Tur peth, n. [NL. turpethum, fr. Per. tirbid a cathartic, turbad a purgative root. Cf. {Turbith}.] [Written also {turbeth}, and {turbith}.] 1. (Bot.) The root of {Ipom[oe]a Turpethum}, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, formerly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vegetable turpeth — noun see turpeth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hg3O2SO4 — Turpeth Tur peth, n. [NL. turpethum, fr. Per. tirbid a cathartic, turbad a purgative root. Cf. {Turbith}.] [Written also {turbeth}, and {turbith}.] 1. (Bot.) The root of {Ipom[oe]a Turpethum}, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, formerly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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