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Mastic
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(μαστίχη; mastíchē, Lat. mastiche, mastix). Aromatic resin of the mastic tree (schínos; pistacia lentiscus L.) and the oil from its berries. The name is presumably derived from masásthai, ‘to chew’, since the resin was popular for chewing, because of its pleasant taste and hardness, for dental care and against bad breath, just as small pieces of mastic wood were used as toothpicks. The small, evergreen mastic tree (and bush) was planted and cultivated all over the Mediterranean, although its resin was not o…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Mastic”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e726070>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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