staghorn sumac


Definition of staghorn sumac

: a sumac (Rhus typhina) of eastern North America that is a shrub or small tree with velvety-pubescent branches and flower stalks, leaves turning brilliant red in fall, and dense panicles of greenish-yellow flowers followed by hairy crimson fruits

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Examples of staghorn sumac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one of his birthdays, Woltz hosted guests at a long table on the bowling green under a massive chandelier made from a staghorn sumac that had given up the ghost. Victoria Johnson, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 Trees and shrubs that bear fruit that persists into winter, including hollies, many viburnums, hawthorns, staghorn sumac, and wax myrtle, provide natural food sources for birds. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2021 Each leaf of both smooth and staghorn sumac is like a huge bird feather. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 24 Sep. 2020 Use native herbs and seasonings like bergamot, sage, staghorn sumac, mustard, and mint. Sean Sherman, Bon Appetit, 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of staghorn sumac

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staghorn sumac was circa 1868

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14 Jun 2022

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“Staghorn sumac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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