Mastic meaning

măstĭk
The mastic tree.
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The aromatic resin of the mastic tree, used in varnishes and as a flavoring and formerly in chewing gum and as a medicine.
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A pastelike cement used in highway construction, especially one made with powdered lime or brick and tar.
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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.
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The tree.
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Any of various pasty substances used as adhesives, sealants, etc.
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An evergreen shrub or small tree, Pistacia lentiscus, native to the Mediterranean.
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A hard, brittle, aromatic and transparent resin produced by this tree and used to make varnishes and chewing gum, and as a flavouring.
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A flexible, waterproof cement used as an adhesive, sealant or filler.
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Origin of mastic

  • Middle English mastic resin from Old French mastich from Latin mastichum, mastichē from Greek mastikhē chewing gum, mastic from mastikhān to grind the teeth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin mastiche, from Ancient Greek μαστίχη (mastikhÄ“), from μαστιχάω (mastikhaō, “I chew") (note the chewing gum sense).

    From Wiktionary