Origin of sumac
Examples from the Web for sumach
The sumach perked its red pompon like a holiday soldier, and then flung skyward its crimson battle-flag.
In the clearings and bordering the wood grew the sumach, that flared red at the very thought of Jack Frost's coming.In Our Town|William Allen White
Sumach is often used alone for some classes of goat, sheep, and calf skins.Leather|K. J. Adcock
Flaming patches of sumach adorn the edges of the rocky spots that occasionally occurred in the picture.The Land of Lure|Elliott Smith
When galls and sumach are both prescribed, their baths should be separately made and mixed together.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for sumach
Word Origin for sumach
Word Origin and History for sumach
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.