• WordNet 3.6
    • n mastic an evergreen shrub of the Mediterranean region that is cultivated for its resin
    • n mastic a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler
    • n mastic an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mastic A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc.
    • Mastic (Bot) A low shrubby tree of the genus Pistacia Pistacia Lentiscus), growing upon the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; -- called also, mastic tree.
    • Mastic 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastic A resinous substance obtained from the common mastic-tree, Pistacia Lentiscus, a small tree about 12 feet high, native in the countries around the Mediterranean. The commercial article is derived principally from the Levant, and especially from the island of Chios. The greater part is obtained from artificial incisions in the bark of the tree. It comes in yellow, brittle, transparent, rounded tears, which soften between the teeth with bitterish taste and aromatic smell. About 90 per cent, of mastic is dissolved in alcohol, the residue constituting the substance masticin. Its solution in turpentine constitutes a varnish much used in painting in oil. In the East mastic is chewed by the women.
    • n mastic A similar resin yielded by some other plant. Algerian or Barbary mastic is afforded by Pistacia Terebinthus (P. Atlantica), a tree of the same region as P. Lentiscus. In India a mastic is obtained from P. Khinjube and P. Cabulica. At the Cape of Good Hope a shrubby composite plant, Euryops speciosissimus, called resin-bush, yields a gum which serves as mastic. The Peruvian mastic-tree is Schinus molle; the West Indian is Bursera gummifera, a lofty tree from all parts of which a resinous gum exudes.
    • n mastic A mastic-tree.
    • n mastic A distilled liquor, most commonly obtained from grapes or grape-skins after the wine is pressed, flavored with the gum mastic and sometimes with anise or fennel, becoming opaline when mixed with water, much drunk in Turkey, Greece, and the islands. The best is made in Chios.—5. A kind of mortar or cement used for plastering walls. It is composed of finely ground oölitic limestone mixed with sand and litharge, and is used with a considerable portion of linseed-oil: it sets hard in a few days, and is much used in works where great expedition is required.
    • mastic Adhesive, as or with gum or mastic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mastic mas′tik a species of gum-resin from the lentisk-tree: a cement from mastic: the tree producing mastic.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. mastiche, mastichum, Gr. , fr. to chew, because of its being used in the East for chewing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. mastiche—Gr. mastichēmas-tizein, to chew.


In literature:

Is there not more electricity generated during mastication on metal fillings than when the jaws are at rest?
"Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth" by Henry L. Ambler
Masticate your food carefully.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
She was trying to masticate these when there came a tap at the door.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Food should be thoroughly masticated before it is taken into the stomach.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Noa extended his hand, and she gave him the half-masticated mass.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
And finally he put one in his mouth, and masticated it.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
A considerable quantity of game of other kinds is masticated from a like motive.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
As soon as we thoroughly master a volume we can masticate it, pages, binding, everything.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
It causes little pain, but is liable to interfere with mastication.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
He who had devoured the sheep, longed to masticate the shepherd!!!
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Barnacle crouched down and began to masticate the heel.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
To an ounce of gum mastic add as much highly rectified spirits of wine as will dissolve it.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
His "brain-cavity is small," his strong point being "his powerful muscles of mastication.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
You will masticate your food thoroughly, transforming it into a smooth paste before swallowing it.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
The two hunters scarcely spoke while this piece of mastication was going on.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
The trophi serve merely for the prehension of prey, and not for mastication.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He says he is about to close a contract with the Santa Fe for the mastication of the big boulders along its tracks west of Elgin.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
Only a portion of the bird could be masticated.
"The Last Cruise of the Saginaw" by George H. Read
Some horses have a trick of bolting their food without masticating it properly, especially if another is being fed in their company.
"Notes on Stable Management in India and the Colonies" by Joshua A. Nunn
Mastic, sold in four qualities; Zucki, sold in two qualities.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan

In poetry:

And frequently when Hunger's pangs
Assailed that callow pup,
He masticated boots and gloves
Or chewed a door-mat up.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Smith bit the h off short and ate it;
Griggs from the thoug chewed off the g;
Brown snapped off u to masticate it,
And tho alone was left for three.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
Even as I gazed, a thrill of the maxilla,
And a lateral movement of the condyloid process,
With post-pliocene sounds of healthy mastication,
Ground the teeth together.
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
For having spread her simple board
With grapes, and peaches, milk, and flowers,
She strewed sweet mastic o'er the sward,
And waited through the bridal hours
Step of her lord.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Friend, there's a hope for me and you:
Let us resolve to chew and chew
With molars strong;
The man who learns to masticate
With patience may control his fate,
His life prolong.
"Cows" by Robert W Service
Thence flaws of song, with charming chords between,
Swept through the olive groves and dusky vines,
And through the mastic and Aleppo pines
To the rose-bannered garden walls of Mitylene.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Alicudi is a small and seemingly perfect cone of dark rock, dotted with pale green cactus and deeper green mastic bushes.
It was Sunday, shortly before daybreak, last Labor Day eve when three gunshots pierced the peaceful morning quiet on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic.
Suffolk County police released this image of an alligator they captured in Mastic Beach on Friday morning.
Elected officials from the Shirley- Mastic area have unveiled a new plan to reinvigorate the tri-hamlet region.
In On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee notes that mint prominently features pinene and myrcene, the same pair of phenols that loom large in mastic 's flavor profile.
City Crews Attack Vegetation with ' Masticator Tractor.
The first was captured on Sept 28 in Mastic Beach.
The spate of gators started a week ago in Mastic.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Masticate To Lose Weight - (Stacia Naquin).
Daniel Brennan, 2011 An empty classroom at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach.
Police say Robert Bailey syphoned the oil from foreclosed homes in Mastic Beach.
1 hurt in Mastic Beach fire.
A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012, in Mastic Beach, N.Y.
A Standing Ovation from Mastic Home Exteriors.
Kevin McAllister stands on the dock at Forge River Marina in Mastic and points south, across the cold waters, to the 3.2-mile long tributary's mouth, where it empties into Moriches Bay.