Definition of buttonwood in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbətnˌwo͝od/


1 (also buttonwood tree) North American another term for sycamore (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The zone where white mangrove and buttonwood trees grow is almost never flooded by tidal waters.
  • Explore an overgrown old road bed through shady buttonwoods and open coastal salt prairie.
2Either of two mangroves native mainly to tropical America, used in the production of tanbark and for charcoal.
  • Conocarpus erectus (the button mangrove) and Laguncularia racemosa, family Combretaceae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Buttonwood is a shrubby mangrove tree that has a picturesque appearance when exposed to constant seashore winds creating an attractive addition to the beach.
  • Finally, as we walk past the White Mangrove stands we reach the Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus).

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Syllabification: but·ton·wood

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