- 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, esp. a species (P. occidentalis) found chiefly in the E U.S.
Origin of sycamoreMiddle English sicomore ; from Old French sicamor ; from Classical Latin sycomorus ; from Classical Greek sykomoros, probably altered (after sykon, fig + moron, black mulberry) ; from Classical Hebrew (language) shikma, mulberry
- 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 pieces. 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 of sycamoreMiddle English sicamour, a kind of fig tree, from Old French sicamor, from Latin s&ymacron;comorus, from Greek s&umacron;komoros, perhaps of Semitic origin; see qwm in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural sycamores)
- (US) Any of several North American plane trees, of the genus Platanus, especially Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore).
- (UK) A large British and European species of maple, Acer pseudoplatanus, known in North America as the sycamore maple.
- A large tree bearing edible fruit, Ficus sycomorus, allied to the common fig and found in Egypt and Syria; also called the sycamore fig or the fig-mulberry; the Biblical sycomore.