AskDefine | Define sycamore

Dictionary Definition



1 variably colored and sometimes variegated hard tough elastic wood of a sycamore tree [syn: lacewood]
2 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 [syn: plane tree, platan]
3 Eurasian maple tree with pale gray bark that peels in flakes like that of a sycamore tree; leaves with five ovate lobes yellow in autumn [syn: great maple, scottish maple, Acer pseudoplatanus]
4 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 [syn: sycamore fig, mulberry fig, Ficus sycomorus]

User Contributed Dictionary



c.1350, from sicamor, from sycomorus, from sykomoros, from sykon (fig) + moron (mulberry). Possibly influenced by shiqmah (mulberry).



  1. In the context of "US": Any of several North American plane trees, of the genus Platanus (buttonwood), especially Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore).
  2. In the context of "UK": A large British and European species of maple, Acer pseudoplatanus, known in North America as the sycamore maple.
  3. A large tree bearing edible fruit, Ficus sycomorus, allied to the common fig and found in Egypt and Syria; also called the sycamore fig or the fig-mulberry; the Biblical sycomore.


*Finnish: plataani (1), vuorivaahtera (2)

Extensive Definition

Sycamore is a name which is applied at various times and places to three very different types of trees, but with somewhat similar leaf forms.
sycamore in German: Sycamore
sycamore in Hebrew: שקמה
sycamore in Volapük: Sycamore
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