Definition of buttonwood in English:



  • 1North American

    another term for sycamore (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘The zone where white mangrove and buttonwood trees grow is almost never flooded by tidal waters.’
    • ‘Old stumps and downed branches of buttonwood trees may lie along coastal beaches for decades before they decay.’
    • ‘The reduction of the famous battle of Fallen Timbers in August 1794, when Wayne defeated the Maumee Indians, to a buttonwood tree falling on his tent was especially delicious.’
    • ‘Explore an overgrown old road bed through shady buttonwoods and open coastal salt prairie.’
    • ‘Black, red and white mangroves and buttonwoods cover much of the low coastal areas of the South Florida shoreline.’
  • 2Either of two mangroves native mainly to tropical America, used in the production of tanbark and for charcoal.

    • ‘There among the buttonwoods, palm and the spidery red mangrove, I return to walk and work among them, to breathe their air and tell their time.’
    • ‘Finally, as we walk past the White Mangrove stands we reach the Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus).’
    • ‘Buttonwood is a shrubby mangrove tree that has a picturesque appearance when exposed to constant seashore winds creating an attractive addition to the beach.’