Definition of fustic in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfəstik/


1 archaic A yellow dye obtained from either of two kinds of timber, especially that of old fustic.
Example sentences
  • To one pound of yarn take 1 quarter pound of fustic and a like amount of alum and good lye.
  • A comparative series of dyeing experiments made with fustic and Osage orange wood and extracts showed the latter to be of equal value with fustic in regard to depth of colors produced, the amount of extract, the character of the dyeing, and fastness to light, weather, washing, etc.
2 (also old fustic) A tropical American tree with heartwood that yields dyes and other products. See also young fustic.
  • Madura (or Chlorophora) tinctoria, family Moraceae.
Example sentences
  • This kind of fustic is known as old fustic, or Cuba fustic.
  • Yellow dyes are chiefly given us by weld (sometimes called wild mignonette), quercitron bark (above mentioned), and old fustic, an American dye-wood.
  • A range of possible colors can be produced by Fustic-tree (also known as old fustic) including bright yellow, yellow, green, bright yellow-green, gold and tan.


Late Middle English: via French from Spanish fustoc, from Arabic fustuḳ, from Greek pistakē 'pistachio tree'.

Words that rhyme with fustic


For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: fus·tic

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.