fustic

noun
fus·​tic | \ ˈfə-stik How to pronounce fustic (audio) \

Definition of fustic

: the wood of a tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) of the mulberry family that yields a yellow dye also : any of several similar dyewoods

First Known Use of fustic

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fustic

Middle English fustyk smoke tree, from Middle French fustoc, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree — more at pistachio

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“Fustic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fustic. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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