• Sycamore. Button-wood. Buttonball-tree
    Sycamore. Button-wood. Buttonball-tree
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Button-wood a small West Indian evergreen tree of the myrobalan family: the plane-tree of the United States—also Butt′on-ball and incorrectly Sycamore
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bouton, any small projection, from bouter, to push.


In literature:

Then he threw more wood on the fire and laid himself down before it, next to Button-Bright.
"The Scarecrow of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Let me unloose this button of wood, And quiet a little his turbulent mood.
"The Golden Legend" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No button may be made of cloth or wood.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Wool dust often contains old buttons, pieces of wood, shoe pegs, and all sorts of things.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882" by Various
It is surrounded by a broad piazza, and graced and shaded by ancestral elms and huge button-wood trees.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
He went to one of the five cherry-wood desks which were strewn about the room, and still again touched a button.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Only the knobs were of silver, instead of the usual buttons of bone, or wood.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
I tuk the back track, an' soon come up with him under a big button-wood.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Door-latches were made of wood, also oblong buttons to fasten chamber and cupboard doors.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
When they reached home Audrey Billberry turned the wood button on the door and flung back her head.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
In another moment he was crouching under the trunk of the button-wood.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
The button and the bar of wood remained in its place, but the door was gone.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Four eggs on a platform of sticks and grass, in a button-wood bush over six feet of water.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
At the edge of the wood she found a white button, which she recognised as belonging to Florian's jacket and secreted in her bosom.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
The Spring Longing bade Fluff-Button leave the Copse and spend the day in the main wood, and Cuni went with him.
"Lives of the Fur Folk" by M. D. Haviland
There are fantastic head-dresses studded with buttons and shells and beads, and scented with the odor of wood-fires.
"Atlantic Classics, Second Series" by Henry C. Merwin
They were covered with their round fruit, from which the Americans have given the tree the name of button-wood.
"Travels in the Interior of North America, Part I, (Being Chapters I-XV of the London Edition, 1843)" by Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prince of Wied

In poetry:

Now 'tis the time when, tall,
The long blue torches of the bellflower gleam
Among the trees; and, by the wooded stream.
In many a fragrant ball.
Blooms of the button-bush fall.
"July" by Madison Julius Cawein
A gull holds his pose on a shanty ridgepole,
Riding the tide of the wind, steady
As wood and formal, in a jacket of ashes,
The whole flat harbor anchored in
The round of his yellow eye-button.
"A Winter Ship" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Wood toggles and buttons complete it.
A button allows a solid-wood top to expand and contract through the seasons.