- 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.
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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Examples from the Web for fustic
But the best greens are undoubtedly got from weld and fustic.
Fustic is the wood of Morus tinctoria, a tree of Central America.
Give the goods a mixed mordant of acetate of alumina and acetate of iron, followed by a bath of madder or of madder and fustic.
One of the above mordants is followed by a bath made by mixing equal parts of the decoctions of logwood, fustic, and Brazil-wood.
By adding or diminishing the log-wood and fustic any shade may be had.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)
Mrs. F.L. Gillette
- 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
C15: from French fustoc, from Spanish, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree