- 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 of masticMiddle English mastik ; from Old French mastic ; from Late Latin mastichum ; from Classical Latin mastiche ; from Classical Greek mastichē, akin to mastichan: see masticate
- The mastic tree.
- The aromatic resin of the mastic tree, used in varnishes and as a flavoring and formerly in chewing gum and as a medicine.
- A pastelike cement used in highway construction, especially one made with powdered lime or brick and tar.
Origin of masticMiddle English, mastic resin, from Old French mastich, from Latin mastichum, mastichē, from Greek mastikhē, chewing gum, mastic, from mastikhān, to grind the teeth.
Latin mastiche, from Ancient Greek μαστίχη (mastikhē), from μαστιχάω (mastikhaō, “I chew”) (note the chewing gum sense).