Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of trees, of the order Anacardiaceæ and tribe Spondieæ, distinguished as the one apetalous genus of that polypetalous family. The 8 species are natives of western Asia and the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands, and Mexico. They are large or small trees, exuding a resin (terebinth or mastic), and bearing alternate evergreen or deciduous leaves, pinnate or of three leaflets, and axillary panicles or racemes of small diœcious flowers. (See
mastic, n., 1, mastic-tree, lentisk, balsam-tree, terebinth, turpentine-tree, Chian turpentine (under Chian), alk, alk-gum, pistacio-nut, and bladder nut.) Several species yield useful wood, resins, and galls. The galls of a variety of P. Khinjuk, of northwestern India, are sold in the Indian bazaars for tanning, and are there known as kakra singhi.
- n. [lowercase] A tree of this genus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The name of a genus of trees, including the tree which bears the pistachio (Pistacia vera), the Mediterranean mastic tree (Pistacia Lentiscus), and the species (Pistacia Terebinthus) which yields Chian or Cyprus turpentine.
- n. a dicotyledonous genus of trees of the family Anacardiaceae having drupaceous fruit
- From the genus name. (Wiktionary)
“The early 6th-Century manuscript De observatione ciborum (On the observance of foods) by Anthimus implies that pistachio nuts ( "pistacia" in vulgar Latin) were well known in Europe by late Roman times.”
“The mummification process typically involved a recipe that was 80 per cent fat or oil, 10 per cent pistacia resin, 10 per cent conifer resin and a pinch of cinnamon.”
“He set out stocks of imported hawthorns, four yellow jessamines, twenty-five of the Palinurus for hedges, forty-six pistacia nuts and seventy-five pyramidical cypress, which last were brought to him by the botanist Michaux from the King of France.”
“-- The pistacia tree, which yields the eatable pistachio nuts.”
“The gum, from the pistacia French researchers are calling into question the safety of a cosmetic procedure that offers to melt away fat without surgery, exercise”
“a little balsam and a little honey, tragacanth and ladanum, pistacia-nuts and almonds.”
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