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1. A small dioecious tropical American tree (Maclura tinctoria syn. Chlorophora tinctoria) having wood that yields a yellow dye.
2. The wood of this plant.
3. A dye obtained from the wood of this plant.

[Middle English fustik, from Old French fustoc, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē, pistachio; see pistachio.]
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1. (Plants) Also called: old fustic a large tropical American moraceous tree, Chlorophora tinctoria
2. (Dyeing) the yellow dye obtained from the wood of this tree
3. (Plants) any of various trees or shrubs that yield a similar dye, esp Rhus cotinus (young fustic), a European sumach
[C15: from French fustoc, from Spanish, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree]
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(ˈfʌs tɪk)

1. the wood of a large, tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, of the mulberry family, yielding a light yellow dye.
2. the tree itself.
3. the dye.
4. any of several other dyewoods.
[1425–75; late Middle English fustik < Middle French fustoc < Arabic fustuq « Middle Persian]
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At last Friday pitched upon a tree; for I found he knew much better than I what kind of wood was fittest for it; nor can I tell to this day what wood to call the tree we cut down, except that it was very like the tree we call fustic, or between that and the Nicaragua wood, for it was much of the same colour and smell.
to Thomas Chippendale, gilt-lacquered, brass-mounted fustic, rosewood and tulipwood, 89x140x65cm.