Definition of sycamore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsikəˌmôr/


1North American An American plane tree.
  • Genus Platanus, family Platanaceae: several species, in particular P. occidentalis (also called buttonwood or buttonball tree), which is the largest deciduous tree in the US.
Example sentences
  • Somewhat smaller than the American sycamore, bloodgood has slightly smaller leaves and a more greenish tinge overall.
  • Floodplain forest is thick with green ash, American elm, sycamore, cottonwood, and silver maple, with box elder near the water's edge.
  • One hundred and thirty species of plants are represented, many typical of a warm-temperate to subtropical environment, such as avocado, magnolia, and sycamore.
1.1The timber of the sycamore.
Example sentences
  • The material chosen is sycamore, a wood notoriously difficult to use because its colour is so inconsistent.
  • Using only storm-felled timbers in a mixture of oak, ash and sycamore, Flynn is fascinated with form rather than the grain of wood.
  • I work in Scottish hardwoods such as oak, elm, ash and sycamore.
2 (in full sycamore maple) A large Eurasian maple with winged fruits, native to central and southern Europe.
  • Acer pseudoplatanus, family Aceraceae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Most of the track is elegantly lined with cherry, silver birch and sycamore, in avenue style.


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

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Syllabification: syc·a·more

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