sycamore

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Plane \Plane\, noun [F., fr. L. platanus, Gr. ?, fr. ? broad; -- so called on account of its broad leaves and spreading form. See {Place}, and cf. {Platane}, {Plantain} the tree.] (Bot.) Any tree of the genus {Platanus}.

Note: The Oriental plane ({Platanus orientalis}) is a native of Asia. It rises with a straight, smooth, branching stem to a great height, with palmated leaves, and long pendulous peduncles, sustaining several heads of small close-sitting flowers. The seeds are downy, and collected into round, rough, hard balls. The Occidental plane ({Platanus occidentalis}), which grows to a great height, is a native of North America, where it is popularly called {sycamore}, {buttonwood}, and {buttonball}, names also applied to the California species ({Platanus racemosa}).

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sycamore \Syc"a*more\, noun [L. sycomorus, Gr. ? the fig mulberry; ? a fig + ? the black mulberry; or perhaps of Semitic origin: cf. F. sycomore. Cf. {Mulberry}.] (Bot.) (a) A large tree ({Ficus Sycomorus}) allied to the common fig. It is found in Egypt and Syria, and is the sycamore, or sycamine, of Scripture. (b) The American plane tree, or buttonwood. (c) A large European species of maple ({Acer Pseudo-Platanus}). [Written sometimes {sycomore}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Buttonwood \But"ton*wood'\, noun (Bot.) The {Platanus occidentalis}, or American plane tree, a large tree, producing rough balls, from which it is named; -- called also {buttonball tree}, and, in some parts of the United States, {sycamore}. The California buttonwood is {Platanus racemosa}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sycamore

noun

1: variably colored and sometimes variegated hard tough elastic wood of a sycamore tree [syn: {sycamore}, {lacewood}]

2: any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits [syn: {plane tree}, {sycamore}, {platan}]

3: Eurasian maple tree with pale grey bark that peels in flakes like that of a sycamore tree; leaves with five ovate lobes yellow in autumn [syn: {sycamore}, {great maple}, {scottish maple}, {Acer pseudoplatanus}]

4: thick-branched wide-spreading tree of Africa and adjacent southwestern Asia often buttressed with branches rising from near the ground; produces cluster of edible but inferior figs on short leafless twigs; the biblical sycamore [syn: {sycamore}, {sycamore fig}, {mulberry fig}, {Ficus sycomorus}]


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