Definition of sycamore
1 or less commonly sycomoreplay \ˈsi-kə-ˌ\ : 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 : 2plane; especially : a very large spreading tree (Platanus occidentalis) chiefly of the eastern and central U.S. with 3- to 5-lobed broadly ovate leaves
Recent Examples of sycamore from the Web
Today, restored to its original grandeur, the stately house sits on a double lot shaded by a large sycamore tree, ringed by a brick patio and flanked by a garden filled with key lime and Meyer lemon trees laden with fruit.
But on a warm afternoon in the dappled light under sycamores, the park’s role in the lives of neighborhood children was set off in bas-relief.
Three large, old sycamores near the park entrance recently succumbed to infestations of the shot hole borer, a type of beetle that carries a toxic fungus.
The canyon sits alongside a seasonal creek, fringed by towering oak and sycamore trees.
The trees range from young American chestnuts to mature cottonwoods and sycamores.
Led by chairman Morris Stroud II, the conservancy marked 50 years April 29 by planting three sycamores, starting a Founder’s Grove to honor the original trio, and opening a trail built with township and state aid.
The beetles have attacked a wide variety of hosts, including oak, sycamore and sweet gum trees.
Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file photo Huge sycamore trees line the pedestrian path at McKinley Park in East Sacramento.
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Origin and Etymology of sycamore
Middle English sicamour, from Anglo-French sicamour, from Latin sycomorus, from Greek sykomoros, probably modification of a Semitic word akin to Hebrew shiqmāh sycamore
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SYCAMORE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sycamore for English Language Learners
: 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
SYCAMORE Defined for Kids
Definition of sycamore for Students
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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