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Dictionary Definition

buttonwood n : very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexico [syn: American sycamore, American plane, Platanus occidentalis]

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  1. The common name given to at least three species of shrub or tree.
    1. The mangrove tree, Conocarpus erectus, family Combretaceae, a tropical and subtropical species.
    2. The American sycamore or American plane tree, Platanus occidentalis, family Platanaceae.
    3. California sycamore or Western sycamore or aliso, Platanus racemosa.

Extensive Definition

Buttonwood is a common name for two different genera of trees:

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