plane tree


noun

any tree of the genus Platanus, especially P. occidentalis, the buttonwood or sycamore of North America, having palmately lobed leaves and bark that sheds.

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Origin of plane tree

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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plane tree

plane


noun

any tree of the genus Platanus, having ball-shaped heads of fruits and leaves with pointed lobes: family Platanaceae. The hybrid P.  ×  acerifolia (London plane) is frequently planted in townsAlso called: platan

Word Origin for plane tree

C14 plane, from Old French, from Latin platanus, from Greek platanos, from platos wide, referring to the leaves
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