from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See sumac.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of sumac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus)


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  • You can shake on a little sumach, which is here the sour relative of our roadside sumac, plus salt and a little pepper to make a seasoning salt.

    Boston Phoenix -

  • "The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust -- almost anything," he said.

    Robbie Gennet: Afghanistan's Biofuel Revolution

  • Apple-trees, laden with richly-coloured fruit, were planted round, and sumach-trees, in all the glorious colouring of the fall, were opposite the front door.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • The bright scarlet of the maple vied with the brilliant berries of the rowan, and from among the tendrils of the creepers, which were waving in the sighs of the west wind, peeped forth the deep crimson of the sumach.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • So among the maple, the American elm, and the purple-blossomed sumach, the huge scorched and leafless stems of pines would throw up their giant arms as if to tell of some former conflagration.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • I dug my cellar in the side of a hill sloping to the south, where a woodchuck had formerly dug his burrow, down through sumach and blackberry roots, and the lowest stain of vegetation, six feet square by seven deep, to a fine sand where potatoes would not freeze in any winter.


  • The track is mostly through long grass, over undulating uplands, with park-like clumps of trees, and thickets of guava and the exotic sumach.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • It was early October, but a crisping frost had already stamped the maple trees with gold, the Spanish oaks were hung with patches of wine red, the sumach was brilliant in the darkening underbrush.


  • It is now filled with the smooth sumach (Rhus glabra), and one of the earliest species of goldenrod (Solidago stricta) grows there luxuriantly.


  • The sumach (Rhus glabra) grew luxuriantly about the house, pushing up through the embankment which I had made, and growing five or six feet the first season.



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