mastic means: This resin gives dishes a bitter taste. This shrub is rarely more than 12 feet tall, but it can be found in many branches. It’s also common throughout the Mediterranean, including Spain, Portugal and France. Mastic is best found in small, round tears, about the same size as a small pea. Or in irregular, flattened pear shapes or in oblong pieces coated with a white powder. The color is pale yellow and becomes darker with age. It has a pleasant odor and mild, resinous taste. When chewed, it softens so it is easy to chew. It can be distinguished from Sanderach resin, which is similar to it, and which, when crushed, turns to powder. (in Cooking Dictionary)

What else does mastic mean?

  • Mastic tree resin, an aromatic resin used as a flavouring agent and in varnishes. It was also used as medicine and chewing gum. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • This paste-like cement is used for highway construction. (in Merlin Dictionary)