- a yellowish resin obtained from a small Mediterranean evergreen tree (Pistacia lentiscus) of the cashew family, used as an astringent and in making varnish, adhesives, etc.
- the treein full mastic tree
- any of various pasty substances used as adhesives, sealants, etc.
Origin: Middle English mastik from Old French mastic from Late Latin mastichum from Classical Latin mastiche from Glassical Greek mastichē, akin to mastichan: see masticate
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- The mastic tree.
- The aromatic resin of the mastic tree, used especially in varnishes, lacquers, adhesives, and condiments and as an astringent.
- A pastelike cement used in highway construction, especially one made with powdered lime or brick and tar.
Origin: Middle English, mastic resin, from Old French mastich, from Latin mastichum, mastichē, from Greek mastikhē, chewing gum, mastic, from mastikhān, to grind the teeth.