Definition of sycamore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkəmɔː/


1A large Eurasian maple with winged fruits, native to central and southern Europe. It is planted as a fast-growing ornamental but tends to displace native trees.
  • 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.
2North American The buttonwood tree.
Example sentences
  • Neerly 20,000 seeds of walnut, chestnut, ash, oaks, sycamores, pines, willows and bamboos were put in.
  • Among the 68 trees to be cut are American elms, sycamores, tulip poplars, a couple of Yoshino cherries, a dogwood, and one cucumber magnolia.
  • Spanish chestnuts, sycamores, willows, elms and oaks, to name but a few, located in every county have been studied, measured and observed in an attempt to find the champion of champions.
3 (also sycomore or sycomore fig) (In biblical use) a fig tree that grows in the Middle East.
  • Ficus sycomorus, family Moraceae.
Example sentences
  • The sycomore fig was of outstanding importance in ancient Egypt.
  • The fruit of the sycamore fig is not grown commercially.


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

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