Sumac meaning

so͝o'măk, sho͝o'-
Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genera Rhus and Toxicodendron, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and usually red, hairy fruit. Species in the genus Toxicodendron, such as poison sumac, have toxic sap.
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A tart, dark reddish-brown powder made from the ground dried fruits of a Eurasian sumac (Rhus coriaria), used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern cuisine.
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Any of various shrubs and small trees (genus Rhus) of the cashew family, including poison sumac and several nonpoisonous plants.
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The pulverized dried leaves of some of these nonpoisonous plants (esp. Rhus coriaria), used in tanning and dyeing.
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The wood of any of these plants.
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Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genera Rhus and Toxicodendron, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and usually red, hairy fruit. Species in the genus Toxicodendron, such as poison sumac, have toxic sap.
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A tart, dark reddish-brown powder made from the ground dried fruits of a Eurasian sumac (Rhus coriaria), used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern cuisine.
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Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus including the poison ivy and poison oak.
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A sour spice popular in the Eastern Mediterranean made from the berries of the plant.
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Origin of sumac

  • Middle English preparation made from sumac from Old French (possibly via Medieval Latin sumach) from Arabic summāq sumac tree from Aramaic dark red from səmaq to be red smq in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French sumac, from Medieval Latin sumach, from Arabic سُمَّاق"Ž (summāq), from Classical Syriac ܣܘܡܩܐ (summāqāʾ, “red; sumac").
    From Wiktionary