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fustic

[ fuhs-tik ]
/ ˈfʌs tɪk /
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noun
the wood of a large, tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, of the mulberry family, yielding a light-yellow dye.
the tree itself.
the dye.
any of several other dyewoods.
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Also called old fustic (for defs. 1-3).

Origin of fustic

1425–75; late Middle English fustik<Middle French fustoc<Arabic fustuq<Persian pistah; akin to Greek pistákē pistachio tree

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British Dictionary definitions for fustic

fustic
/ (ˈfʌstɪk) /

noun
Also called: old fustic a large tropical American moraceous tree, Chlorophora tinctoria
the yellow dye obtained from the wood of this tree
any of various trees or shrubs that yield a similar dye, esp Rhus cotinus (young fustic), a European sumach

Word Origin for fustic

C15: from French fustoc, from Spanish, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree
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