Definition of sycamore in English:

sycamore

noun

  • 1North American An American plane tree.

    See also buttonwood
    and See also buttonball tree
    • ‘At a bend in the dusty road, beneath the shelter of a thick, curved sycamore, Altair rested, gazing up at the clouds above him.’
    • ‘Somewhat smaller than the American sycamore, bloodgood has slightly smaller leaves and a more greenish tinge overall.’
    • ‘Two faces of Texas: along the Devils River, wetland meets desert, and eastern sycamore thrives in sight of Christmas cactus’
    • ‘Buildings recent and original, of stone and wood, run along the edge of the creek amidst stone walls and paths, sycamore and oak.’
    • ‘One hundred and thirty species of plants are represented, many typical of a warm-temperate to subtropical environment, such as avocado, magnolia, and sycamore.’
    • ‘Floodplain forest is thick with green ash, American elm, sycamore, cottonwood, and silver maple, with box elder near the water's edge.’
  • 2A large Eurasian maple with winged fruits, native to central and southern Europe.

    • ‘Most of the track is elegantly lined with cherry, silver birch and sycamore, in avenue style.’
    • ‘Indigenous oak, elm, birch and ash forests are no longer under threat from development but from the intrusion of species such as sycamore and beech, which migrated to the country in the middle ages.’
    • ‘Spruce, larch and sycamore have already been felled from the site to favour oaks, yews and birches to leave the best spruce to grow on.’
    • ‘I write to thank you for the recent article in your paper regarding my battle to save my 100-year-old sycamore.’
    • ‘The main crops my bees feed themselves on are sycamore, but there is quite a profusion of different flowers in the area, along with clover and heather.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French sic(h)amor, via Latin from Greek sukomoros, from sukon ‘fig’ + moron ‘mulberry’.

Pronunciation

sycamore

/ˈsikəˌmôr//ˈsɪkəˌmɔr/