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mastic,resin obtained from the small mastic tree Pistacia lentiscus (of the sumac family), found chiefly in Mediterranean countries. When the bark of the tree is injured, the resin exudes in drops. It is transparent and pale yellow to green in color. Mastic is used chiefly in making varnish but is also used medicinally as an astringent and, with aniseed, to flavor a distilled liquor called mastic. The term mastic is also applied to certain caulking and adhesive compounds, especially those consisting of a mineral filler, a resinous binder (e.g., asphalt), and a volatile solvent.

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mas·tic / ˈmastik/ • n. 1. an aromatic gum or resin exuded from the bark of a Mediterranean tree, used in making varnish and chewing gum and as a flavoring. 2. (also mastic tree) the bushy evergreen Mediterranean tree (Pistacia lentiscus) of the cashew family that yields mastic and has aromatic leaves and fruit, closely related to the pistachio. 3. a puttylike waterproof filler and sealant used in building.

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mastic gum or resin from Pistacia lentiscus XIV; the tree XV. — (O)F. mastic — late L. mastichum, -a, vars. of L. mastichē — Gr. mastíkhē, presumed to be f. mastikhân (see next).

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mastic (mastic gum) Resin from the evergreen shrub Pistacia lenticus and related species, with a flavour similar to liquorice, used in Greek and Balkan cookery.

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