- any of various preparations containing bituminous materials and used as an adhesive or seal.
- a pasty form of cement used for filling holes in masonry or plaster.
Origin of mastic
Examples from the Web for mastic
Historical Examples of mastic
Coffee and mastic are served, and the compliments of the season are exchanged.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
The "mastic" cement formerly described may be employed for this purpose.On Laboratory Arts
The collection of dragon's blood is carried on just like that of the mastic in Chios.Southern Arabia
Two mastic bushes and arbutus-trees were on the right and left of the path.The King of the Mountains
When the mastic is sufficiently fluid it will drop freely from the stirrer, and jets of light smoke are observed to issue from it.
- a small Mediterranean anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Pistacia lentiscus, that yields the resin mastic
- any of various similar trees, such as the pepper tree
Word Origin for mastic
resin obtained from certain trees, late 14c., from Old French mastic (13c.) and directly from Late Latin mastichum, from Latin mastiche, from Greek mastikhe, of uncertain origin, probably related to masasthai "to chew" (see mastication). The substance is used as a chewing gum in the East.