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old fustic

noun
1.
fustic (defs 1–3).

fustic

[fuhs-tik] /ˈfʌs tɪk/
noun
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).
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English fustik < Middle French fustoc < Arabic fustuq < Persian pistah; akin to Greek pistákē pistachio tree
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British Dictionary definitions for old-fustic

fustic

/ˈfʌstɪk/
noun
1.
Also called old fustic. a large tropical American moraceous tree, Chlorophora tinctoria
2.
the yellow dye obtained from the wood of this tree
3.
any of various trees or shrubs that yield a similar dye, esp Rhus cotinus (young fustic), a European sumach
Word Origin
C15: from French fustoc, from Spanish, from Arabic fustuq, from Greek pistakē pistachio tree
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Encyclopedia Article for old-fustic

fustic

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.

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