Mastic



[mas-tik] /ˈmæs tɪk/

noun
1.
Also called mastic tree, lentisk. a small Mediterranean tree, Pistacia lentiscus, of the cashew family, that is the source of an aromatic resin used in making varnish and adhesives.
2.
any of several similar or related trees, as a pepper tree, Schinus molle, of western South America.
3.
the resin obtained from the mastic.
4.
any similar resin, especially one yielded by other trees of the same genus.
5.
Building Trades.

/ˈmæstɪk/
noun
1.
an aromatic resin obtained from the mastic tree and used as an astringent and to make varnishes and lacquers
2.
mastic tree

3.
any of several sticky putty-like substances used as a filler, adhesive, or seal in wood, plaster, or masonry
4.
a liquor flavoured with mastic gum
n.

resin obtained from certain trees, late 14c., from Old French mastic (13c.) and directly from Late Latin mastichum, from Latin mastiche, from Greek mastikhe, of uncertain origin, probably related to masasthai “to chew” (see mastication). The substance is used as a chewing gum in the East.

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