Definitions for: Mastic


[n] an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes
[n] a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. (Bot.) A low shrubby tree of the genus Pistacia ({P.
Lentiscus}), growing upon the islands and coasts of the
Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; -- called
also, mastic tree.

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.

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

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.

See Also: cement, filler, natural resin

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