• WordNet 3.6
    • n sumach a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sumach (Bot) Any plant of the genus Rhus, shrubs or small trees with usually compound leaves and clusters of small flowers. Some of the species are used in tanning, some in dyeing, and some in medicine. One, the Japanese Rhus vernicifera, yields the celebrated Japan varnish, or lacquer.
    • Sumach The powdered leaves, peduncles, and young branches of certain species of the sumac plant, used in tanning and dyeing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sumach See sumac.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sumach a genus of small trees and shrubs of the natural order Anacardiaceæ—the leaves of some species used in dyeing.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sumac, formerly sumach,cf. Sp. zumaque,), fr. Ar. summāq,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sumac—Sp. zumaque—Ar. summāq.


In literature:

I had a pipe and a small quantity of tobacco, which I mixed with sumach leaves and willow bark to make it go further.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
White-walnut bark, the bark of sour sumach, or of white maple, set with alum, make a brown color.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The trees grew more thinly, came down to a mere bordering fringe of sumach.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The sumach leaf is also used by the Indians in the same way, and has a similar taste to the willow bark.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
And Jane was brown, hair, eyes, and tanned skin as well as her dress, with a red coat like a frosted sumach leaf on top.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The sumachs prevented my being seen from the house.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
Water came out of their eyes and nose; their skin got as red as sumach and burned like fire.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Mr. Whittier gathered a handful of the red sumach, and took it to Amesbury with him.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
Jan-an came from behind a clump of sumach.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
The October wind, blowing with a biting edge over the broomsedge, bent the blood-red tops of the sumach like pointed flames toward the road.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
Near the brink, they missed the steep road, and went slipping, sliding, and rolling down the sumach-grown side.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
In certain places thick clumps of sumach had sprung up close to the house.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Pine bark and sumach are the native tanning substances chiefly used in the local tanneries.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
The sumach family contains more than fifty genera, confined for the most part to the warmer regions of the globe.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
As soon water or enrich the Sumach and Elder growing by the roadside!
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The sojourn at Sumach Lodge was now nearly at an end, for our party had still far to go, and much to see.
"Down the River to the Sea" by Agnes Maule Machar
They parted the sumach and haw bushes screening the falls.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
In the lanes the sumach flamed crimson, and in the avenues the maples turned gold.
"The Little Colonel's Holidays" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He unwound the reins from about a branch of the sumach bush and tied them loosely to the pommel of the saddle.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
Scouring is often effected by putting the goods into rotating drums together with extract and sumach.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In poetry:

Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.
"Indian Summer" by William Wilfred Campbell
Golden-rod by the pasture-wall
When the columbine is dead,
And sumach leaves that turn, in fall,
Bright as the blood they shed.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
Beech trees in a golden haze;
Hardy sumachs all ablaze,
Glowing through the silver birches.
How that pine tree shouts and lurches!
"Late September" by Amy Lowell
But still the dahlia blooms, and pansies, too;
The golden-rod still rears its yellow crest.
The sumach bobs are now of crimson hue,
The luscious grape has donned its purple vest.
"September" by Joseph Horatio Chant
For there, at her spinning, beneath a broad tree,
By a rivulet shining and blue as the sea,
I first saw my Mary--her tiny feet bare,
And the buds of the sumach among her black hair.
"Mulberry Hill" by Alice Cary
I thought of the road through the glen,
With its hawk's nest high in the pine;
With its rock, where the fox had his den,
'Mid tangles of sumach and vine,
Where she swore to be mine.
"On Chenoweth’s Run" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

San Diego psych-rapper and yoga expert Gonjasufi, aka Sumach Ecks, will release MU.ZZ.LE.
The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 Sumach St, will present the drama "Steel Magnolias," with opening night curtain Feb 10 at 8 pm Carol Anselmo is the director.
Auditions will be at the theater, 1130 Sumach St There are parts for three women and five men, ranging in age from their 20s to 60s.