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sumac Syllabification: su·mac
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞omak/
(also sumach)

Definition of sumac in English:


A shrub or small tree of the cashew family, with compound leaves, fruits in conical clusters, and bright autumn colors.
Example sentences
  • We also have a staghorn sumac tree and pussy willows.
  • The most common forms included beech-like trees, poplars, willows, cattails, sumac, soapberry, and conifers such as pines, sequoias, and false cypress.
  • Oak trees provide acorns, dogwoods and sumac provide red berries through the fall and winter and serviceberry bears edible berries in late spring or early summer.


Middle English (denoting the dried and ground leaves of R. coriaria used in tanning and dyeing): from Old French sumac or medieval Latin sumac(h), from Arabic summāḳ.

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