sumac

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Etymology[edit]

Old French sumac, from Medieval Latin sumach, from Arabic سُمَّاق‎ (summāq), from Classical Syriac ܣܘܡܩܐ (summāqāʾ, red; sumac).

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Noun[edit]

sumac (usually uncountable, plural sumacs)

  1. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus including the poison ivy and poison oak.
    • 1957, J. D. Salinger, "Zooey", in, 1961, Franny and Zooey:
      There was a Steinway grand piano [...] a cherrywood writing table, and an assortment of floor lamps, table lamps, and "bridge" lamps that sprang up all over the congested inscape like sumac.
  2. A sour spice popular in the Eastern Mediterranean made from the berries of the plant.

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Noun[edit]

sumac m (plural sumacs)

  1. sumac

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

sumac m (oblique plural sumas, nominative singular sumas, nominative plural sumac)

  1. sumac

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