- 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 mastich?, 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, mastich&emacron;, from Greek mastikh&emacron;, chewing gum, mastic, from mastikh&amacron;n, to grind the teeth.
Latin mastiche, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¯Ï‡Î· (mastikhÄ“), from Î¼Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¹Ï‡Î¬Ï‰ (mastikhaÅ, “I chew") (note the chewing gum sense).