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mas·tic

 (măs′tĭk)
n.
1. The mastic tree.
2. The aromatic resin of the mastic tree, used in varnishes and as a flavoring and formerly in chewing gum and as a medicine.
3. Any of various substances used as an adhesive or sealant.
4. A pastelike cement used in highway construction, especially one made with powdered lime or brick and tar.

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

mastic

(ˈmæstɪk)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: mastix an aromatic resin obtained from the mastic tree and used as an astringent and to make varnishes and lacquers
2. (Plants) mastic tree
a. a small Mediterranean anacardiaceous evergreen tree, Pistacia lentiscus, that yields the resin mastic
b. any of various similar trees, such as the pepper tree
3. (Building) any of several sticky putty-like substances used as a filler, adhesive, or seal in wood, plaster, or masonry
4. (Brewing) a liquor flavoured with mastic gum
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin mastichum, from Latin, from Greek mastikhē resin used as chewing gum; from mastikhan to grind the teeth]

mas•tic

(ˈmæs tɪk)

n.
1. 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. resin obtained from the mastic or a related tree.
3.
a. any of various preparations containing bituminous materials and used as an adhesive or seal.
b. a pasty form of cement used for filling holes in masonry or plaster.
[1350–1400; < Latin < Greek mastíchē chewing gum, akin to mastichân to gnash the teeth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastic - an aromatic exudate from the mastic treemastic - an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes
natural resin - a plant exudate
2.mastic - a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler
cement - something that hardens to act as adhesive material
filler - used for filling cracks or holes in a surface
3.mastic - an evergreen shrub of the Mediterranean region that is cultivated for its resin
genus Pistacia, Pistacia - a dicotyledonous genus of trees of the family Anacardiaceae having drupaceous fruit
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations
lentiscomatamata charneca
lentiscus

mastic

[ˈmæstɪk] Nmasilla f

mastic

n (Build) → Mastix m
References in periodicals archive ?
The ancient Greeks chewed mastiche (gum from the resin of the mastic tree), while the Mayans chewed chicle (sap from the sapodilla tree) and the North American Indians chewed the sap from spruce trees, passing the habit on to the settlers.