1. the wood of a large, tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, of the mulberry family, yielding a light-yellow dye.
  2. the tree itself.
  3. the dye.
  4. any of several other dyewoods.

Origin of fustic

1425–75; late Middle English fustik < Middle French fustoc < Arabic fustuq < Persian pistah; akin to Greek pistákē pistachio tree
Also called old fustic (for defs 1–3).
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  1. Also called: old fustic a large tropical American moraceous tree, Chlorophora tinctoria
  2. the yellow dye obtained from the wood of this tree
  3. 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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