Mastic Mas"tic, n. [F., fr. L. mastiche, mastichum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to chew, because of its being used in the East for chewing.] [Written also {mastich}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A low shrubby tree of the genus {Pistacia} ({Pistacia Lentiscus}), growing upon the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; -- called also, {mastic tree}. [1913 Webster]

2. A resin exuding from the mastic tree, and obtained by incision. The best is in yellowish white, semitransparent tears, of a faint smell, and is used as an astringent and an aromatic, also as an ingredient in varnishes. [1913 Webster]

3. A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Barbary mastic} (Bot.), the {Pistachia Atlantica}.

{Peruvian mastic tree} (Bot.), a small tree ({Schinus Molle}) with peppery red berries; -- called also {pepper tree}.

{West Indian mastic} (Bot.), a lofty tree ({Bursera gummifera}) full of gum resin in every part. [1913 Webster]

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  • mastic — [ mastik ] n. m. • XIIIe; bas lat. masticum, gr. mastikhê 1 ♦ Résine jaunâtre qui découle d incisions pratiquées au tronc ou aux branches du lentisque. 2 ♦ Cour. Mélange pâteux et adhésif durcissant à l air. ⇒ futée. Mastic de carrosserie. (1767) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mastic — MASTÍC, masticuri, s.n. 1. Material fluid sau vâscos alcătuit dintr un amestec de substanţe minerale sau vegetale, care are proprietatea de a se întări în contact cu aerul şi care serveşte la lipit, chituit, nivelat etc. ♦ Preparat vâscos obţinut …   Dicționar Român

  • Mastic — can refer to: Mastic (plant resin), a resin obtained from Pistacia lentiscus Var. Chia (a shrub native to the Mediterranean region) False Mastic (Sideroxylon foetidissimum), a tree native to Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America A high… …   Wikipedia

  • mastic — MASTIC. s. m. (L S se prononce.) Espece de gomme. Le mastic fortifie le cerveau. mascher du mastic. le mastic vient principalement dans l Isle de Chio. Il signifie aussi, Certaine composition dont on se sert pour joindre, coller & enduire. Il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • MASTIC — MASTIC, the shrub Pistacia lentiscus, known as medicinal mastic. It exudes a gum which in the Midrash is called mastikhe. It has been identified by some with the lot (AV myrrh, JPS laudanum ) mentioned among the choice products of the land which… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Mastic — Mastic, NY U.S. Census Designated Place in New York Population (2000): 15436 Housing Units (2000): 4732 Land area (2000): 4.480560 sq. miles (11.604596 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.339841 sq. miles (0.880183 sq. km) Total area (2000): 4.820401 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • mastic — Mastic, Mastiche. L arbre de laquelle degoutte le mastic, qui porte trois fois l an, Lentiscus. Mastic dont les faiseurs d images, de pierres, collent les pierres ensemble, Lithocolla Dioscor. lib. 5 …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • mastic — [mas′tik] n. [ME mastik < OFr mastic < LL mastichum < L mastiche < Gr mastichē, akin to mastichan: see MASTICATE] 1. a yellowish resin obtained from a small Mediterranean evergreen tree (Pistacia lentiscus) of the cashew family, used… …   English World dictionary

  • mastic — (n.) resin obtained from certain trees, late 14c., from O.Fr. mastic (13c.) and directly from L.L. mastichum, from L. mastiche, from Gk. mastikhe, of uncertain origin, probably related to masasthai to chew (see MASTICATION (Cf. mastication)). The …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mastic — Mastic, engl. und frz., Kitt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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