mastic tree definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A small evergreen shrub (Pistacia lentiscus) of the Mediterranean region, cultivated for its resin. Also called lentisk.
Variant of mastic
- 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 Classical Greek mastichē, akin to mastichan: see masticate