- a tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) of the mulberry family: dyes are extracted from its yellow wood
- any of these dyes
- any of several other woods which yield dyes
Origin of fusticMiddle English fustik from Old French fustoc from Arabic fustuq from Persian fistik from source Classical Greek pistak?, pistachio
- A small dioecious tropical American tree (Maclura tinctoria syn. Chlorophora tinctoria) having wood that yields a yellow dye.
- The wood of this plant.
- A dye obtained from the wood of this plant.
Origin of fusticMiddle English fustik from Old French fustoc from Arabic fustuq from Greek pistakē pistachio ; see pistachio .
(usually uncountable, plural fustics)
- A tropical American tree, Maclura tinctoria, whose wood produces a yellow dye.
- A European tree, Eurasian smoketree, Cotinus coggygria, whose wood produces an orange dye.
- The wood of these trees.
- A yellow dye obtained from the wood of these trees.
Middle English, fustik; derived from Old French, fustoc; derived from Arabic, فستق (fustuq, “pistachio”); derived from Persian, فستق (fustuq, “pistachio”).