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sycamore

[ sik-uh-mawr, -mohr ]
/ ˈsɪk əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr /
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noun

Also called buttonwood. any of several North American plane trees, especially Platanus occidentalis, having shallowly lobed ovate leaves, globular seed heads, and wood valued as timber.
British. the sycamore maple.
a tree, Ficus sycomorus, of the Near East, related to the common fig, bearing an edible fruit.

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Origin of sycamore

1300–50; Middle English sicomore<Old French <Latin sȳcomorus<Greek sȳkómoros, equivalent to sŷko(n) fig + mór(on) mulberry + -os noun suffix, apparently by folk etymology <Semitic; compare Hebrew shiqmāh sycamore

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British Dictionary definitions for sycamore

sycamore
/ (ˈsɪkəˌmɔː) /

noun

a Eurasian maple tree, Acer pseudoplatanus, naturalized in Britain and North America, having five-lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and two-winged fruits
US and Canadian an American plane tree, Platanus occidentalisSee plane tree
Also: sycomore a moraceous tree, Ficus sycomorus, of N Africa and W Asia, having an edible figlike fruit

Word Origin for sycamore

C14: from Old French sicamor, from Latin sӯcomorus, from Greek sukomoros, from sukon fig + moron mulberry
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