Definition of turps in English:

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turps

Pronunciation: /tərps/

noun

informal
Turpentine.
Example sentences
  • Almost complete, Honister dominates a studio where massive brushes await the maestro's stroke and heavy smells of linseed oil and turps fill the still hot afternoon air.
  • Her eyes challenged me, potent, like a peregrine falcon's, but the beguiling scent of turps and linseed oil drew me to her canvas.
  • The night Vine painted her now infamous Diana painting, the air was thick with the smell of turps, linseed oil and paint.

Origin

Early 19th century: abbreviation.

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Syllabification: turps

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