sumac

noun su·mac \ ˈshü-ˌmak , ˈsü- \
variants: or less commonly sumach
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of sumac

1 : 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
2 : a material used in tanning and dyeing that consists of dried powdered leaves and flowers of various sumacs
3 : the tart dried and ground red berries of several sumacs (such as Rhus coriaria) used as a spice especially in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking

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Origin and Etymology of sumac

Middle English sumac, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic summāq


SUMAC Defined for English Language Learners

sumac

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


SUMAC Defined for Kids

sumac

noun su·mac
variants: also sumach \ˈshü-ˌmak, ˈsü-\

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

Medical Dictionary

sumac

noun su·mac
variants: also sumach play \ˈsü-ˌmak, ˈshü-\

medical Definition of sumac

: any of various plants of the genus Rhus including several (as poison sumac) having foliage poisonous to the touch — compare poison ivy, poison oak


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