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2 definitions found
 for Sumac
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sumac \Su"mac\, Sumach \Su"mach\, n. [F. sumac, formerly sumach
     (cf. Sp. zumaque), fr. Ar. summ[=a]q.] [Written also
     shumac.]
     1. (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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The powdered leaves, peduncles, and young branches of
        certain species of the sumac plant, used in tanning and
        dyeing.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Poison sumac. (Bot.) See under Poison.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sumac
      n 1: wood of a sumac
      2: a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the
         non-poisonous members of the genus) [syn: sumac, sumach,
         shumac]

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