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sumach (plural sumachs or sumaches)

  1. Alternative spelling of sumac


sumach (third-person singular simple present sumaches, present participle sumaching, simple past and past participle sumached)

  1. Obsolete spelling of sumac
    • 1792, [Charles O’Brien], “Of Cleansing Goods, Previous to Maddering, or Boiling Off”, in A Treatise on Calico Printing, Theoretical and Practical: [], volume I, [London]: Printed for C. O’Brien, [] and sold by Bew, [], Richardson, [], Murray, [], OCLC 931168598:
      After this operation, the goods muſt be winched and well planked, or otherwiſe cleaned; they are then, according to the quality of them, to be ſumached, and then ſnitchelled off, and waſhed.
    • 1853, David Smith, “Cotton-dyeing. [No. 39. Various Shades of Silver Drab.]”, in The Dyer’s Instructor: Comprising Practical Instructions in the Art of Dyeing Silk, Cotton, Wool, and Worsted and Woollen Goods, [], Philadelphia, Pa.: Henry Carey Baird, [], OCLC 30551547, page 70:
      A great variety of Blue Drabs can be dyed by first Sumaching the cotton, and then in another tub add a little Nitrate of Iron or Copperas liquor, and give a few turns.
    • 1877, “Calico Printing and Dyeing”, in Charles O’Neill, editor, The Textile Colourist: A Monthly Journal of Bleaching, Printing, Dyeing, and Finishing Textile Fabrics, and the Manufacture and Application of Colouring Matters, volume IV, Manchester: Palmer and Howe, []; London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. [], page 253:
      Common black calico for linings is dyed upon an iron mordant alone, but generally a better colour is obtained by first sumaching the cotton according to the older method.



Etymology 1[edit]

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


sumach m (genitive singular sumaigh)

  1. sumac(h)

Etymology 2[edit]


sumach m (genitive singular sumaigh, nominative plural sumaigh)

  1. Alternative form of somach (plump youngster)


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
sumach shumach
after an, tsumach
not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]



  • IPA(key): /ˈsu.max/
  • Rhymes: -umax
  • Syllabification: su‧mach


sumach m

  1. locative plural of sum


sumach f

  1. locative plural of suma