syc·​a·​more ˈsi-kə-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sycamore (audio)
or less commonly sycomore : 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
: a Eurasian maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) with long racemes of showy yellowish-green flowers that is widely planted as a shade tree
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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 Trogons frequently nest in the cavities that develop in sycamores when the trees drop limbs in a sort of self-pruning job, MacFarland said. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Serrano, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, another urban oasis, explained that the berms would funnel water to the mule fat, black sage, golden currant, sycamore trees and other native foliage the least Bell’s vireo needs to thrive. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 Redbud, red maple, scarlet oak, black gum and sycamore are among the varieties being offered for pickup this weekend at the paring lot of the Benjamin Banneker Museum and Park in Catonsville. Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2024 The neighborhood is home to a variety of Victorian and Queen Anne-style houses; sycamore, palm and walnut trees — and previously, well-to-do and working-class residents. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 The first house in what is known today as L.A.’s Outpost Estates neighborhood, which winds up into the mountains north of Hollywood, was built in the 1850s by Don Tómas Urquidez in the middle of a sycamore grove near what is today the intersection of Outpost Drive and Hillside Avenue. Mark David, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 In the litter of sycamore and oak leaves and the carpet of newborn grass, something caught my eye. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 The sycamore tree at Gulley Park was chosen by the city's Urban Forestry staff and the Urban Forestry Advisory Board due to its size, location and roots clinging to the stream bank. Nwa Democrat-Gazette,, 13 Mar. 2024 Big sycamore, cottonwood, willow, ash and hackberry trees grow along the river. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sycamore was in the 14th century

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“Sycamore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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syc·​a·​more ˈsik-ə-ˌmō(ə)r How to pronounce sycamore (audio)
: a Eurasian maple with yellowish green flowers that is widely planted as a shade tree
: a large spreading tree of the eastern and central U.S. that has light-brown bark peeling off in thin flakes and small round brown fruits hanging on long stalks

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