Definition of Sumac

1. Noun. Wood of a sumac.

Substance meronyms: Shumac, Sumach
Generic synonyms: Wood

2. Noun. A shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus).

Definition of Sumac

1. n. Any plant of the genus Rhus, shrubs or small trees with usually compound leaves and clusters of small flowers. Some of the species are used in tanning, some in dyeing, and some in medicine. One, the Japanese Rhus vernicifera, yields the celebrated Japan varnish, or lacquer.

Definition of Sumac

1. Noun. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus ''Rhus'' including the poison ivy and poison oak. ¹

2. Noun. A sour spice popular in the Eastern Mediterranean made from the berries of the plant. ¹

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Definition of Sumac

1. a flowering tree or shrub [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sumac

sum of its parts
sum of money
sum total
sum up
sumac (current term)
sumac family

Literary usage of Sumac

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Wood products: Distillates and Extracts by Paul Dumesny, J. Noyer (1908)
"Italian sumac, which titrates from 13 to 18 per cent. ... One of the principal sophistications of Sicil an sumac is the addition of 20 to 60 p^r cent. of ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"The poison sumac, which is very dangerous to many people when handled, is a swamp species and its fruit is a loose, drooping panicle of whitish berries, ..."

3. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"sumac is frequently adulterated with ground leaves and twigs of Pis- ... Between 300000 and 400000 tons of sumac leaf are imported Fie. eso. ..."

4. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"With one exception—the fragrant sumac—they are abundant. ... The innocuous varieties of sumac, of which there are four or five in the state, ..."

5. A Handbook of Chemical Technology by Johannes Rudolf Wagner (1872)
"The sumac of commerce is a coarse powder, exhibiting a yellow or blue-green ... By keeping, the tannic acid of sumac is converted into secondary products, ..."

6. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1911)
"35 0.65 I . I Detection of Adulteration in sumac and Other Extracts. ... Many species of the Rims family are used to adulterate sumac, but Pistacia ..."

7. A Handbook of chemical technology by Johannes Rudolf Wagner, Rudolf Wagner, William Crookes (1877)
"of tannic acid. sumac. This substance is, next to oak bark, one of the most important tanning materials; it is the product—the leaves and stems—of a shrub, ..."

8. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1870)
"The species in the United States, which possess an economic value, are R. typhina, or stag-horn sumac, which attains the size of a tree twenty feet high ..."

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