French turpentine

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Description

A turpentine produced from the steam distillation of the balsam from the French Maritime pine trees, Pinus maritinus. The raw balsam, called Bordeaux turpentine, also produces the non-distilled residue called Burgundy pitch which is used as a cement. French turpentine, also called Burgundy turpentine, has a fine, light odor. For a long time French turpentine had a reputation as the best material for paintings, but it is now thought to be similar to Venice turpentine.

Synonyms and Related Terms

trementina di Bordeaux (It); burgundy turpentine; burgundy pitch