Fustic

The name comes from an Arabic word, fustuq, which apparently means a small tree. But that Arabic word derives from a Greek one, pistake, which is pistachio (Pistacia vera). However, the name is used to define dyestuffs. "Young" Fustic is VENETIAN SUMACH (Cotinus coggyria), whose wood, with the proper mordant can produce bright yellow in cotton and wool. There are more fustic names for this small tree, Hungarian Fustic, for instance (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk), and Zante Fustic (W Miller), Zante being the name of one of the Ionian islands. "Young" fustic, to distinguish it from "Old" fustic, which is African Oak, Chlorophora excelsa.

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