1. [syn: pepper tree, molle, Peruvian mastic tree, Schinus molle]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mastic \Mas"tic\, n. [F., fr. L. mastiche, mastichum, Gr. ?, fr.
? to chew, because of its being used in the East for
chewing.] [Written also mastich.]
1. (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.
2. 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.
3. A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and
linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc.
Barbary mastic (Bot.), the Pistachia Atlantica.
Peruvian mastic tree (Bot.), a small tree (Schinus Molle)
with peppery red berries; -- called also pepper tree.
West Indian mastic (Bot.), a lofty tree (Bursera
gummifera) full of gum resin in every part.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
Peruvian mastic tree
n 1: small Peruvian evergreen with broad rounded head and
slender pendant branches with attractive clusters of
greenish flowers followed by clusters of rose-pink fruits
[syn: pepper tree, molle, Peruvian mastic tree,