Origin of sumac
Examples from the Web for sumac
He was making straight for a patch of sumac, ten feet in front of him and a hundred feet behind the stables.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
The pathway was bordered with sumac and sassafras and flowering elder, and clumps of fennel, and thickets of blackberry bramble.The Purple Heights|Marie Conway Oemler
It is sometimes called poison oak, but both these names are incorrect, as the shrub is really a kind of sumac.A Handbook of Health|Woods Hutchinson
Sumac (Rhus glabra) often dominated at first in such situations.
The galls are found upon the leaves of the oak or sumac, etc.
Word Origin and History for sumac
c.1300, "preparation of dried, chopped leaves of a plant of the genus Rhus" (used in tanning and dyeing and as an astringent), from Old French sumac (13c.), from Medieval Latin sumach, from Arabic summaq, from Syrian summaq "red." Later applied to a North American plant species.