- Chiefly Eastern New England. sycamore(def 1).
Origin of buttonwood
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After this I built a small fire of buttonwood and set about preparing breakfast.
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Its small branches shed their bark like the buttonwood, the flakes curling back and showing the bright green under layer.
The buttonwood leaf in a general way resembles a maple's, being as broad as long, with three main lobes at the top.
I dined in the elegance of simplicity, and Smilax extinguished our small fire of buttonwood.
- Also called: buttonball a North American plane tree, Platanus occidentalisSee plane tree
- a small West Indian tree, Conocarpus erectus, with button-like fruits and heavy hard compact wood: family Combretaceae
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Word Origin and History for buttonwood
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