- 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
Spirits of wine and mastic varnish mixed very thin and put on in the same way with a brush.Handbook of Embroidery|L. Higgin
Then he produced a glass, and a large bottle of mastic, which had to be finished by us ere bidding a final adieu.Albania|E. F. Knight
The concrete is afterwards laid upon this bed, and the layer of mastic upon this in the usual way.
Take half an ounce each of oil of mastic, myrtle, and quinces; a drachm each of fine bole and troch.
Blood is used in the formation of mastic; also in the refining of sugar, oil, &c.; and is an excellent manure for fruit trees.Delineations of the Ox Tribe|George Vasey
British Dictionary definitions for mastic
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.