sycamore definition by Webster's New World
- a fig tree (Ficus sycamorus) native to Egypt and Asia Minor, with edible fruit: the sycamore of the Bible
- a tall maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) with yellow flowers, found in Europe and Asia
- ☆ plane
Origin: Middle English sicomore ; from Old French sicamor ; from Classical Latin sycomorus ; from Classical Greek sykomoros, probably altered (after sykon, fig plush moron, black mulberry) ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shikma, mulberry
sycamore definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Platanus, especially P. occidentalis of eastern North America, having palmately lobed leaves, ball-like, nodding, hairy fruit clusters, and bark that flakes off in large colorful patches. Also called buttonball, buttonwood.
- A Eurasian deciduous maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) having palmately lobed leaves, winged fruits, and greenish flowers.
- A fig tree (Ficus sycomorus) of Africa and adjacent southwest Asia, mentioned in the Bible, having clusters of figs borne on short leafless twigs.
Origin: Middle English sicamour, a kind of fig tree, from Old French sicamor, from Latin sȳcomorus, from Greek sūkomoros, perhaps of Semitic origin; see šqm in Semitic roots.