sycamine

noun
syc·​a·​mine | \ ˈsi-kə-ˌmīn How to pronounce sycamine (audio) , -mən \

Definition of sycamine

: a tree of the Bible that is usually considered a mulberry (Morus nigra)

First Known Use of sycamine

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sycamine

borrowed from Latin sȳcamīnos "sycamore fig (Ficus sycomorus), mulberry (Morus nigra)," borrowed from Greek sȳkámīnos, borrowed (with the initial syllable conformed to sŷkon "fig") from a Semitic source akin to Aramaic šiqmīn (plural) "sycamore figs" (Hebrew šiqmāh, plural šiqmīm)

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“Sycamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sycamine. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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