Definition of buttonwood in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌt(ə)nwʊd


  • 1 (also buttonwood tree) North American An American plane tree. Also called sycamore in North America.
    • Genus Platanus, family Platanaceae: several species, in particular P. occidentalis (also called buttonball tree), which is the largest deciduous tree in the US and is grown for ornament and timber
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    • 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 found mainly in tropical America, used in the production of tanbark and for charcoal.
    • Conocarpus erectus (the button mangrove) and Laguncularia racemosa, family Combretaceae
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    • 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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