syc·​a·​more | \ ˈsi-kə-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sycamore (audio) \

Definition of sycamore

1 or less commonly sycomore \ ˈsi-​kə-​ˌmȯr How to pronounce sycomore (audio) \ : a fig tree (Ficus sycomorus) of Africa and the Middle East that is the sycamore of Scripture and has edible fruit similar but inferior to the common fig
2 : a Eurasian maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) with long racemes of showy yellowish-green flowers that is widely planted as a shade tree
3 : plane entry 4 especially : a very large spreading tree (Platanus occidentalis) chiefly of the eastern and central U.S. with 3- to 5-lobed broadly ovate leaves

Examples of sycamore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaf drop: There are several environmentally appropriate strategies to deal with the leaves from your oaks, sycamores, pecans, hackberries and other deciduous trees. Calvin Finch,, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 That beautiful sycamore tree near your bedroom window may be a cause for concern. Daniel Bortz, Washington Post, "10 important maintenance tasks that experts say many homeowners miss," 30 Dec. 2019 The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen an impressive American sycamore tree on the grounds of the West Geauga Commons Joint Recreation District as the winner of its annual Big Tree contest. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Giant sycamore wins Geauga County ‘Big Tree’ contest: Valley Views," 20 Dec. 2019 Aside from coast redwoods, Roosa brought seeds for loblolly pines from the South, Douglas fir from the Northwest, and sycamores, which grow all over the country but especially in the Northeast and the Midwest. Los Angeles Times, "Where to find California’s moon trees, grown from seeds taken aboard an Apollo mission," 20 July 2019 Some trees with reasonable fall color include the bald cypress, crape myrtle, dogwood, persimmon, redbud, red maple, river birch Shumard oak, sweetgum, sycamore and winged elm. Tom Maccubbin,, "Prune peach and plum trees in January or early February," 26 Oct. 2019 An arborist was on hand when piping was replaced near the roots of sycamores, stone pines and other old friends. John King,, "Washington Square Park is back — with design tweaks as timeless as North Beach itself," 2 Dec. 2019 The species of trees include oak, sycamore, ash, beech, maple, apple, cherry and black walnut. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "A Piece of Cleveland offers just what the name says, except this time, it’s in the form of nature’s beauty," 3 Nov. 2019 The leaves from many deciduous trees such as Texas red oak, cedar elm, Arizona ash, Chinese pistache and sycamore are dropping or will start dropping soon. Calvin Finch,, "Sweet peas now good in San Antonio. Thanks, climate change!," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sycamore

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sycamore

Middle English sikamour, sicomore, borrowed from Anglo-French sicamour, borrowed from Latin sȳcomorus, borrowed from Greek sȳkómoros "sycamore fig" (sȳkómoron "fruit of the sycamore fig"), probably alteration by folk etymology of sȳkámīnos sycamine, with the ending conformed to móron "black mulberry, blackberry" — more at mulberry

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“Sycamore.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sycamore

: a tree of the eastern and central U.S. that has light-brown bark that peels off in thin flakes
: a type of European maple tree with five-pointed leaves


syc·​a·​more | \ ˈsi-kə-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sycamore (audio) \

Kids Definition of sycamore

1 : a fig tree of Egypt and the Middle East
2 : a large tree of the United States with round hard fruits and bark that peels off in flakes

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