staghorn sumac

noun

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 Each leaf of both smooth and staghorn sumac is like a huge bird feather. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Sumacs are known for fall color, but there is more to the show," 24 Sep. 2020 Use native herbs and seasonings like bergamot, sage, staghorn sumac, mustard, and mint. Sean Sherman, Bon Appetit, "This Healthy Diet Has Stood the Test of Time," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of staghorn sumac

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Staghorn sumac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staghorn%20sumac. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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