Mastic

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mastic \Mas"tic\, noun [F., fr. L. mastiche, mastichum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to chew, because of its being used in the East for chewing.] [Written also {mastich}.]

1. (Bot.) A low shrubby tree of the genus {Pistacia} ({Pistacia Lentiscus}), growing upon the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; -- called also, {mastic tree}.

2. A resin exuding from the mastic tree, and obtained by incision. The best is in yellowish white, semitransparent tears, of a faint smell, and is used as an astringent and an aromatic, also as an ingredient in varnishes.

3. A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc.

{Barbary mastic} (Bot.), the {Pistachia Atlantica}.

{Peruvian mastic tree} (Bot.), a small tree ({Schinus Molle}) with peppery red berries; -- called also {pepper tree}.

{West Indian mastic} (Bot.), a lofty tree ({Bursera gummifera}) full of gum resin in every part.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mastic

noun

1: an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes

2: a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler

3: an evergreen shrub of the Mediterranean region that is cultivated for its resin [syn: {mastic}, {mastic tree}, {lentisk}, {Pistacia lentiscus}]


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