Definition of sumac
1 : a material used in tanning and dyeing that consists of dried powdered leaves and flowers of various sumacs
2 : any of a genus (Rhus) of trees, shrubs, and woody vines of the cashew family that have leaves turning to brilliant colors in the autumn, small usually dioecious flowers, and spikes or loose clusters of red or whitish berries — compare poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
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Poison sumac grows as a shrub or small tree, reaching up to 20 feet tall in open or wooded swampy areas.
The leaves of poison sumac have 7 to 15 leaflets that are commonly 2 to 4 inches long and 3/4 to 2 inches wide.
Skin irritations/allergies: Poison Ivy, as well as poison oak and sumac, contains an oil which causes an allergic reaction in about 85 percent of the population.
At One Manhattan Square, residents soon will be able to stroll up a hill sprinkled with flowering sumac plants and contemplate life from an adult treehouse set amid hedges and azaleas.
Notes: Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix composed of sumac and sesame seeds as well as herbs.
Whisk to combine lime juice, sumac, sesame seeds, salt and pepper, and 1/3 cup oil in a medium bowl.
How was a kibbutznik raised by Polish or Moroccan immigrants supposed to understand what to do with the plumes of sumac that grow wild in the Judean Hills?
Stir in the tomato paste, molasses, sumac, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, for just a few minutes until the eggplant is thoroughly coated but has not completely broken down.
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Origin and Etymology of sumac
Middle English sumac, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic summāq
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of sumac for English Language Learners
: a type of tree, bush, or vine that has many small leaves and produces red or white berries
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Definition of sumac for Students
: a tree, shrub, or woody vine that has leaves with many leaflets and loose clusters of red or white berries
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