buttonwood

[ buht-n-woo d ]
/ ˈbʌt nˌwʊd /
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noun

Chiefly Eastern New England. sycamore(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. buttonhook,
  2. buttonless,
  3. buttonmold,
  4. buttonmould,
  5. buttons,
  6. buttony,
  7. buttress,
  8. buttress plate,
  9. buttress root,
  10. buttress thread

Origin of buttonwood

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75; button + wood1

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British Dictionary definitions for buttonwood

buttonwood

button tree

/ (ˈbʌtənˌwʊd) /

noun

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

buttonwood

n.

also button-wood, "North American plane tree," 1690s, from button (n.) + wood (n.). So called for their characteristic round fruit.

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