One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree of the genus Platanus, a plane tree; (in form Platanus) the genus itself, constituting the family Platanaceae.
Old English; earliest use found in Liturgical Texts (Durham Ritual). From classical Latin platanus plane tree from ancient Greek πλάτανος, alteration of an earlier form πλατάνιστος, perhaps from πλατύς broad, either because of its broad foliage or because of its flat bark.
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