from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and usually red, hairy fruit. Some species, such as the poison ivy and poison oak, cause an acute itching rash on contact.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus including the poison ivy and poison oak.
- n. A sour spice popular in the Eastern Mediterranean made from the berries of the plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The powdered leaves, peduncles, and young branches of certain species of the sumac plant, used in tanning and dyeing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of numerous shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus. See def. 2, and phrases below.
- n. A product of the dried and ground leaves of certain shrubs or trees of the genus Rhus or of other genera, much used for tanning light-colored leathers and to some extent for dyeing.
- In leather manufacturing, to treat with sumac.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wood of a sumac
- n. a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus)
The offending material in all species of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac is an oily resin known as urushiol.
The irritant in all species of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac is an oily resin known as toxicodendrol.
In Anchorage, sumac is available at Sagaya and City Market.
Jenn, I agree completely - sumac is a wonderful spice!
Both dishes look lovely, and the sumac is a very nice touch.
The ingredient that makes it special is ground sumac, which is a berry from the Mediterranean Sumac tree.
The sumac is the red fruit of a wild bush, but is widely available in the spice section of many stores.
The rice was flavoured with a small, tangy red berry called sumac and the bitter, refreshing coffee that followed was fragrant with cardamom.
On the tip-top antler of the old stag sumac, he perched and strained until his jetty whiskers appeared stubby.
He was compelled almost hourly to wage battles for his location, for there was something fine about the old stag sumac that attracted homestead seekers.