fustic


fustic
/fus"tik/, n.
1. the wood of a large, tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, of the mulberry family, yielding a light-yellow dye.
2. the tree itself.
3. the dye.
4. any of several other dyewoods. Also called old fustic (for defs. 1-3).
[1425-75; late ME fustik < MF fustoc < Ar fustuq < Pers pistah; akin to Gk pistáke pistachio tree]

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dye
      either of two natural dyes. Old fustic, or yellowwood, is derived from the heartwood of dyer's mulberry, a large, tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria, or Maclura tinctoria) of the mulberry family, Moraceae. The dye produces yellows on wool mordanted (fixed) with chromium salts.

      The dye termed young fustic (zante fustic, or Venetian sumac) is derived from the wood of the smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria, or Rhus cotinus), a southern European and Asian shrub of the cashew family, Anacardiaceae. Both old and new fustic have been displaced from commercial importance by synthetic dyes.

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  • Fustic — Fus tic, n. [F. fustoc, Sp. fustoc. Cf. {Fustet}.] The wood of the {Maclura tinctoria}, a tree growing in the West Indies, used in dyeing yellow; called also {old fustic}. [Written also {fustoc}.] [1913 Webster] Note: Other kinds of yellow wood… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fustic — may refer to:*Old Fustic *Young Fustic …   Wikipedia

  • fustic — [fus′tik] n. [ME fustik < OFr fustoc < Ar fustuq < Pers fistik > Gr pistakē, pistachio ] ☆ 1. a tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) of the mulberry family, from whose yellow wood dyes are extracted 2. any of these dyes 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • fustic — n. a yellow dye obtained from either of two kinds of wood, esp. old fustic. Phrases and idioms: old fustic 1 a tropical tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, native to America. 2 the wood of this tree. young fustic 1 a sumac, Cotinus coggyria, native to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fustic — noun /ˈfʌstɪk/ a) A tropical American tree, Maclura tinctoria, whose wood produces a yellow dye. b) A European tree, Eurasian smoketree whose wood produces an orange dye. Syn: old fustic, fustoc, Chlorophora, Morus, young fustic, fustet, Venice… …   Wiktionary

  • fustic — [ fʌstɪk] noun 1》 (also old fustic) a tropical American tree with heartwood that yields a yellow dye and other products. [Maclura tinctoria.] 2》 (also young fustic) the smoke tree. Origin ME: via Fr. from Sp. fustoc, from Arab. fustuḳ, from Gk… …   English new terms dictionary

  • fustic — /ˈfʌstɪk/ (say fustik) noun 1. the wood of a large tree (old fustic), Chlorophora tinctoria, of tropical America, yielding a light yellow dye. 2. the tree itself. 3. a small European shrub (young fustic), Cotinus coggygria, from which a yellow… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fustic — n. wood of the American tree (Maclura tinctoria) of the mulberry family; yellow dye obtained from the wood of the fustic tree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fustic — noun Etymology: Middle English fustyk smoke tree, from Middle French fustoc, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree more at pistachio Date: 15th century the wood of a tropical American tree (Chlorophora tinctoria) of the mulberry… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fustic — A complex of natural dyes derived from certain West Indian, Central, and South American trees, Rhus cotinus and Chlorophora tinctoria; used as mordant dyes for textiles. An important dye in the complex is morin, which is associated with the dye… …   Medical dictionary


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