Definition of sumac in English:

sumac

Line breaks: sumac
Pronunciation: /ˈs(j)uːmak
 
, ˈʃuː-/
(also sumach)

noun

1A shrub or small tree with compound leaves, reddish hairy fruits in conical clusters, and bright autumn colours.
  • Genera Rhus and Cotinus, family Anacardiaceae: several species, including the Mediterranean R. coriaria and the North American staghorn sumac (R. typhina), often grown as an ornamental
More 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.
1.1The fruits of the Mediterranean sumac, used as a spice, especially in Middle Eastern cuisine.
More example sentences
  • The spice sumac is made from the dried, powdered berries.
  • With a generous shaking of deep red, citrusy sumac spice, it had a warm and rich taste.
  • The kabob koubideh is composed of ground beef and a considerable amount of minced onion, along with salt, black pepper, turmeric and sumac, and perhaps a hint of lime or lemon juice.

Origin

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 summāq.

More definitions of sumac

Definition of sumac in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day conspicuous
Pronunciation: kənˈspɪkjʊəs
adjective
clearly visible