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(US) IPA: /ˈfʌstɪk/


  1. A tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria or Maclura tinctoria, whose wood produces a yellow dye. Also called old fustic or fustoc.
  2. A European tree, Cotinus coggyria or Rhus cotinus, whose wood produces an orange dye. Also called young fustic or fustet.
  3. The wood of these trees.
  4. A yellow dye obtained from the wood of these trees.


  • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
    ...nor can I tell to this day what wood to call the tree we cut down, except that it was very like the tree we call fustic, or between that and the Nicaragua wood, for it was much of the same colour and smell.

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