but·​ton·​wood ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce buttonwood (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Native gardening When revamping the home’s gardens, the team at Lang Design Group skipped the tall boxwoods seen throughout Florida in favor of more earth-friendly native plants, like buttonwood trees and colorful orchids. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 23 Feb. 2023 Choose from gumbo limbo, jackfruit, silver buttonwood and soursop (two trees per household and one fruit tree maximum). Kari Barnett, Sun Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2023 That's about the same market capitalization as the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange, which is the largest stock exchange in the world and was famously started under a buttonwood tree in 1792. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 14 Apr. 2021 Trading, whether under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in the 18th century or in a New Jersey data center in the 21st, has always been about making quick calculations. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 23 Sep. 2019 Some signs of disrepair are obvious, and caused by the recent hurricane: Along the Rowdy Bend walking trail, toppled white mangroves and buttonwoods crisscross the path every 30 feet or so. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 29 Jan. 2018 The sycamore is also called the buttonwood tree or American planetree. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, 31 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buttonwood was in 1670

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“Buttonwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttonwood. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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