mastic

noun
mas·​tic | \ˈmas-tik \

Definition of mastic 

1 : an aromatic resinous exudate from mastic trees used chiefly in varnishes

2 : any of various pasty materials used as protective coatings or cements

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The mastic imbues a nice piney flavor that pairs well with elements of rose and orange blossom waters. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Story Behind the Stretchy Ice Cream You’re About to See Everywhere," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of mastic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mastic

Middle English mastik, from Latin mastiche, from Greek mastichē, probably back-formation from mastichan

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mastic

noun
mas·​tic | \ˈmas-tik \

Medical Definition of mastic 

: an aromatic resinous exudation obtained usually in the form of yellowish to greenish lustrous transparent brittle tears from incisions in a small southern European tree (Pistacia lentiscus) of the sumac family and used chiefly in varnishes (as for lining dental cavities)

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