mastic tree
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mastic tree — noun an evergreen shrub of the Mediterranean region that is cultivated for its resin • Syn: ↑mastic, ↑lentisk, ↑Pistacia lentiscus • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Pistacia, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mastic-tree — mastikinė pistacija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Anakardinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Pistacia lentiscus), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. Turi narkotinių medžiagų, iš jo gaunama derva. atitikmenys: lot.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • mastic tree — noun Date: 15th century a small Mediterranean evergreen tree (Pistacia lentiscus) of the cashew family that yields mastic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mastic tree — n. small evergreen tree that belongs to the cashew family and yields resin (native to the Mediterranean) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Peruvian mastic tree — 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}),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peruvian mastic tree — noun small Peruvian evergreen with broad rounded head and slender pendant branches with attractive clusters of greenish flowers followed by clusters of rose pink fruits • Syn: ↑pepper tree, ↑molle, ↑Schinus molle • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Member… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peruvian mastic tree — a pepper tree, Schinus molle. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mastic (plant resin) — Mastic tears Mastic (Greek: Μαστίχα) is a resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus). In pharmacies and Nature shops it is called arabic gum (not to be confused with gum arabic) and Yemen gum . In Greece it is known as the tears of… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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