• Sycamore. Button-wood. Buttonball-tree
    Sycamore. Button-wood. Buttonball-tree
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sycamore 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
    • n sycamore 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
    • n sycamore 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
    • n sycamore variably colored and sometimes variegated hard tough elastic wood of a sycamore tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sycamore (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sycamore The sycamore-fig, Ficus Sycomorus, growing in the lowlands of Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere. It is a spreading tree, 30 or 40 feet high, with leaves somewhat like those of the mulberry, and fruit borne in clusters on the trunk and main branches. The fruit is sweetish and edible, though needing an incision at the end to make it ripen properly, and forms a considerable article of food with the poorer classes. The wood is coarse-grained and inferior, but was made into durable mummy-cases. The tree is good for shade, and is still cultivated for that use in Egypt. Sometimes called Egyptian sycamore or Pharaoh's fig.
    • n sycamore In England, the sycamore-maple, Acer Pseudo-platanus, the plane-tree of the Scotch. From its dense shade, it was chosen in the sacred dramas of the middle ages to represent the sycamore (Luke xix. 4) into which Zaccheus climbed (Prior). See maple.
    • n sycamore In the United States, the buttonwood, Platanus occidentalis, or any of the plane-trees. See plane-tree, 1.
    • n sycamore In New South Wales, Sterculia lurida.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sycamore sik′a-mōr a fruit-tree of the fig family, common in Palestine, &c.: a species of maple, in Scotland usually called plane-tree: in America, the native plane.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sycomorus, Gr. the fig mulberry; a fig + the black mulberry; or perhaps of Semitic origin: cf. F. sycomore,. Cf. Mulberry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sykomorossykon, a fig, moron, black mulberry.


In literature:

Then we went over to the far corner of the back yard where the cabin was, under a big old sycamore tree.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
This is usually cut from a piece of hard wood, sycamore or pear.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
We set on an old sycamore log together.
"Shawn of Skarrow" by James Tandy Ellis
There were trees about his house, cottonwoods and sycamores and one noble elm branching like a lyre.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Huge mimosas and sycamores fill up the centre of the square with domes of foliage so intensely green that it looks almost black.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Succeeding these we find the walnut, the poplar, and the lime; and again there comes the region of the elm, the oak, and the sycamore.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
In about an hour's time the sycamore came crashing down, carrying a number of smaller trees along with it.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Finally, catching the protruding roots of a great sycamore whose shadow had guided her, she gained the top.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
I have laid aside three pieces of sycamore, all, as I believe, very good for the back I purpose making.
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
The Sycamore is chiefly planted for its rapid growth rather than for its beauty.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe

In poetry:

T' WIND is in a cold airt,
Hearken to its wail,
Breakin' mony a heavy bough
Of sycamores, doon-dale.
"Lament" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
What though the press I pass before,
And climb the branch, He lifts his face;
I am not secret from His grace
Lost in the leafy sycamore.
"Sweet are His ways who rules above" by Jean Ingelow
The river seemed to shiver; and, far down
Its darkened length, I saw the sycamores
Lean inward closer, under the vast frown
That weighed above the shores.
"The Cyclone" by James Whitcomb Riley
The look of a laurel tree birthed for May
Or a sycamore bared for a new November
Is as old and as sad as my furtherest day-
What is it, what is it, I almost remember?
"Temps Perdu" by Dorothy Parker
For we do not sink into death's dank cave;
The earth is our cradle, and not our grave:
The tides and the stars sway it low and high,
And the sycamore bees hum lullaby.
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
A poor soul sat sighing under a sycamore tree;
"O willow, willow, willow!"
With his hand on his bosom, his head on his knee:
"O willow, willow, willow!
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing, O the green willow shall be my garl-and."
"Willow, Willow, Willow" by Henry Morley

In news:

Saturday the Sycamores will take to the field tied for first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference ISU host South Dakota .
KHN, whose hospitals include Kettering, Grandview, Southview and Sycamore medical centers and Greene Memorial Hospital, does not charge an employee who enrolls a spouse if that spouse does not work or cannot get.
Sycamore shares tumble as company seeks approval for liquidation.
The Indiana State Sycamores had just enough to hold off the advances of the Youngstown State Penguins on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Sycamores jumped to an early 21-0 lead.
Railroad tracks are stacked up at the corner of Sycamore and Warren streets as workers prepare to install new tracks that will allow trains to enter and exit the intermodal logistics park in Edgerton.
" Steel Magnolias" puts on a brave face at Sycamore Rouge.
Jeff Hall holds a Neo Nazi flag while standing at Sycamore Highlands Park near his home in Riverside, Calif (Photo: Sandy Huffaker, AP ).
Stout , 74, of DeKalb, formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Sycamore.
Indiana State Sycamores vs Illinois State Redbirds at Hancock Stadium.
Suspect in 50-year-old rape case in Sycamore opts for bench trial.
Sycamore girl killed in '57 was 'outgoing, sweet and trusting'.
Trial for '57 murder of Sycamore girl set for September.
Inmate says Sycamore slaying suspect talked of killing girl.
Man found guilty in 1957 slaying of Sycamore girl.