Part of speech: noun

A shrub, whose leaves are much used for tanning and dyeing. See illus. on previous page. sumach.

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Usage examples "sumac":

  1. Dead earnest, Miss King; and for medicine we had sumac and white- oak bark. - "Elsie's Womanhood", Martha Finley.
  2. The goods are now taken out and put into a fixing bath of sumac or tannin, in which they are treated for fifteen minutes. - "The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics", Franklin Beech.
  3. From the smooth sumac they reap a harvest in midsummer, and in March they get a good grist of pollen from the skunk- cabbage. - "A Year in the Fields", John Burroughs.