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

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Those are the fastest-growing high-quality big trees, especially the sycamore. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Lost a tree from storm damage? Replace it with one of these 5 fast-growing, high-quality options," 2 July 2019 Natural light abounds in this charming East End cottage, situated on iconic Central Avenue with its stately sycamore trees. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Charming East End cottage in Alameda," 1 July 2019 His house was one of 137 arranged on medium-sized lots carved into a swath of maple, oak and sycamore trees in Forsyth County, a place once known for being a rural, whites-only haven policed by the Ku Klux Klan. Washington Post, "A resident of a diversifying Southern subdivision was arrested on terrorism charges. How would the neighbors react?," 15 June 2019 Tradition says that a sycamore tree, which became famous as the Virgin Mary’s tree, shaded the family during their journey. National Geographic, "Ancient Egypt gave rise to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths," 19 Apr. 2019 Gonzales Canyon offers hikers views of mixed chaparral and coastal sage scrub habitats along with some beautiful groves of native sycamore trees. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: High country gratifying regardless of reason," 15 June 2019 There are beloved spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, the predecessors of common trees such as sycamores and maples, and more unusual specimens, too. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "These seeds will captivate you whether you’re a gardener or not," 22 Apr. 2018 Though the water at Leo Carrillo is accommodating for any type of visitor, the best part is the beach’s campground shaded by giant sycamore trees. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Beaches in Los Angeles," 28 Feb. 2018 On sycamores, the disease often infects branches, causing girdling cankers and dieback. Tim Johnson,, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018

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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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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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