mas·​tic | \ ˈma-stik How to pronounce mastic (audio) \

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

Examples of mastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sahlep is a type of flour produced from orchids that provides a smooth velvety finish to the ice cream, while the mastic, a natural gum, adds a unique chewiness. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Set on gorgeous Chios, Pyrgi is one of the Aegean island's two dozen mastikahoria: villages involved in the cultivation of mastic, historically used to make liqueurs, drinks, foods, and chewing gum. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Aug. 2021 The pieces are then assembled with lead strips, welded into a frame and covered with mastic, a kind of sealant, for protection. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 The gum monopolies For millennia, mastiha (mastic) has been the fame, economic force, and source of identity for Chios and its inhabitants. Margarita Gokun Silver, National Geographic, 19 Nov. 2019 For an evening drink, head to Chios town’s waterfront to sample a mastic sour at Pura Vida—or try mastic spirit straight. Margarita Gokun Silver, National Geographic, 19 Nov. 2019 At Kose Kahve try the Turkish Coffee with local mastic and have a mastic cookie to go with it. Vogue, 22 May 2019 Once all the tiles are installed, allow the mastic to cure at least overnight. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 26 Apr. 2019 The mastic imbues a nice piney flavor that pairs well with elements of rose and orange blossom waters. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 20 July 2018 See More

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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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mas·​tic | \ ˈmas-tik How to pronounce mastic (audio) \

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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