Sinonimi: great maple | scottish maple | Acer pseudoplatanus | lacewood
ETYM Latin sycomorus, Greek, the fig mulberry.
Or plane tree; Any of several Eurasian trees of the genus Platanus of the family Plantanaceae. Species include the oriental plane tree P. orientalis, a favorite of the Greeks and Romans; the American sycamore P. occidentalis of the eastern US; and the Arizona sycamore P. wrightii.
All species have pendulous burrlike fruits and some grow to 100 ft/30 m high.
1. Eurasian maple tree with pale gray bark that peels in flakes like that of a sycamore tree; leaves with five ovate lobes yellow in autumn; SYN. great maple, scottish maple, Acer pseudoplatanus.
2. Thick-branched wide-spreading tree of Africa and adjacent southwestern Asia often buttressed with branches rising from near the ground; produces cluster of edible but inferior figs on short leafless twigs; the Biblical sycamore.
3. Variably colored and sometimes variegated hard tough elastic wood of a sycamore tree; SYN. lacewood.