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Definition of "mastic" [mas•tic]

  • The mastic tree. (noun)
  • The aromatic resin of the mastic tree, used especially in varnishes, lacquers, adhesives, and condiments and as an astringent. (noun)
  • A pastelike cement used in highway construction, especially one made with powdered lime or brick and tar. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mastic" in a sentence
  • "If you want I have this bathroom i'm putting tile in because ...well it makes a lot of sense for a crip to balance on the edge of a bathtub trying to smooth out this gummy stuff called mastic doesn't it?"
  • "A close relative, Pistacia lentiscus, provides the aromatic gum called mastic p."
  • "There is a gum called mastic, which Cretan beauties chew to blanch them."