London plane

noun

: a large pollution-resistant plane (Platanus acerifolia) often planted as a street tree that is a hybrid between an Eurasian plane (P. orientalis) and the American sycamore (P. occidentalis)

called also London plane tree

Examples of London plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For reasons that are not fully understood, several hundred parrots seek evening accommodations each night in the limbs of fig and London plane trees lining a bustling stretch of Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 The path makes its roundabout way toward a fountain with a lone London plane tree at the center. Curbed, 13 Nov. 2022 After the last of the cherry tree was thrown into a chipper, workers began mowing down a London plane, and its hacked limbs were now cascading to the ground. New York Times, 18 May 2022 The cozy space—with a six-seat omakase counter in the back and several bar seats in the front—features handsome wood countertops carved from a London plane tree that fell in Red Hook, Brooklyn, during Hurricane Sandy, in 2012. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2022 Features include a rose garden with 25 beds of roses, an island on the 3.5 acre lake housing beehives, two huge London plane trees planted side by side by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and even a wicker corgi looking out from the Queen’s summer house. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 8 July 2021 Grassroots organizations donated many of the prizes, all displayed on tables beneath the plaza’s canopy of London plane trees. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of London plane was in 1860

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“London plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/London%20plane. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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