fustic definition by Webster's New World
- ☆ a tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) of the mulberry family, from whose yellow wood dyes are extracted
- any of these dyes
- any of several other woods which yield dyes
Origin: Middle English fustik ; from Old French fustoc ; from Arabic fustuq ; from Persian fistik from source Classical Greek pistakē, pistachio
fustic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small dioecious tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) having wood that yields a yellow dyestuff.
- The wood of this plant.
- A dyestuff obtained from the wood of this plant.
Origin: Middle English fustik, from Old French fustoc, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē, pistachio; see pistachio.