- Also called mastic tree, lentisk. a small Mediterranean tree, Pistacia lentiscus, of the cashew family, that is the source of an aromatic resin used in making varnish and adhesives.
- any of several similar or related trees, as a pepper tree, Schinus molle, of western South America.
- the resin obtained from the mastic.
- any similar resin, especially one yielded by other trees of the same genus.
- Building Trades.
- 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
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.
- an aromatic resin obtained from the mastic tree and used as an astringent and to make varnishes and lacquers
- mastic tree
- a small Mediterranean anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Pistacia lentiscus, that yields the resin mastic
- any of various similar trees, such as the pepper tree
- any of several sticky putty-like substances used as a filler, adhesive, or seal in wood, plaster, or masonry
- a liquor flavoured with mastic gum
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.