buttonwood

[buht-n-woo d]

Origin of buttonwood

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75; button + wood1
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  • After this I built a small fire of buttonwood and set about preparing breakfast.

    Wings of the Wind

    Credo Harris

  • Or will we build the Falcon's Nest in the buttonwood over on the Strail?

    How To Do It

    Edward Everett Hale

  • Its small branches shed their bark like the buttonwood, the flakes curling back and showing the bright green under layer.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • The buttonwood leaf in a general way resembles a maple's, being as broad as long, with three main lobes at the top.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • I dined in the elegance of simplicity, and Smilax extinguished our small fire of buttonwood.

    Wings of the Wind

    Credo Harris


British Dictionary definitions for buttonwood

buttonwood

button tree

noun
  1. Also called: buttonball a North American plane tree, Platanus occidentalisSee plane tree
  2. 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
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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