sycamore: see plane treeplane tree,
any species of the genus Platanus, deciduous trees of most temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, exclusive of Africa.
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Very tall tree- up to 150 feet (50m), distinguished by it’s multi-colored peeling messy bark. Leaves look maple-like. Round 2 inch fruit. Inner bark used for lung, bowel, blood purification, laxative and to induce vomiting.
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(Ficus sycomorus), also sycamore fig, a tree of the family Moraceae that reaches a height of 40 m. The sycamore grows in East Africa, where it is cultivated for its edible fruit. The tree has hard wood. Sometimes the name “sycamore” is used to designate the sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) and the planer tree (Planera aquatica), a North American tree of the family Ulmaceae.
(Acer pseudoplatanus), also sycamore maple, a slender maple tree with brownish gray bark. The sycamore reaches 40 m in height and more than 2 m in diameter. The leaves are usually five-lobed. The greenish yellow flowers are in a long many-flowered spicate raceme that droops at the end.
The sycamore is found in Western Europe and on the northern coast of Asia Minor. In the USSR it occurs in the southwestern European section, in Ciscaucasia, and in western Transcaucasia. The tree grows mainly in mountainous forests, usually singly or in small groups. In the Caucasus the sycamore can grow at elevations to 1,800 m above sea level. The tree yields a substantial amount of nectar and valuable wood for furniture-making. The sycamore has been cultivated in gardens and parks since antiquity.
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Any of several species of deciduous trees of the genus Platanus, especially P. occidentalis of eastern and central North America, distinguished by simple, large, three-to five-lobed leaves and spherical fruit heads.
The Eurasian maple (Acer pseudoplatanus).
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A tough, yellowish wood having a close, firm texture; takes a fine polish; used for flooring and veneer.
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symbolizes inquisitiveness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. a Eurasian maple tree, Acer pseudoplatanus, naturalized in Britain and North America, having five-lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and two-winged fruits
2. US and Canadian an American plane tree, Platanus occidentalis
3. a moraceous tree, Ficus sycomorus, of N Africa and W Asia, having an edible figlike fruit
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