Button tree
Button But"ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster]

2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament. [1913 Webster]

3. A bud; a germ of a plant. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door. [1913 Webster]

5. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion. [1913 Webster]

{Button hook}, a hook for catching a button and drawing it through a buttonhole, as in buttoning boots and gloves.

{Button shell} (Zo["o]l.), a small, univalve marine shell of the genus {Rotella}.

{Button snakeroot}. (Bot.) (a) The American composite genus {Liatris}, having rounded buttonlike heads of flowers. (b) An American umbelliferous plant with rigid, narrow leaves, and flowers in dense heads.

{Button tree} (Bot.), a genus of trees ({Conocarpus}), furnishing durable timber, mostly natives of the West Indies.

{To hold by the button}, to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; to buttonhole. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • button tree — ☆ button tree n. 1. any of a genus (Conocarpus) of dicotyledonous West Indian trees with buttonlike fruit 2. PLANE1 * * * …   Universalium

  • button tree — ☆ button tree n. 1. any of a genus (Conocarpus) of dicotyledonous West Indian trees with buttonlike fruit 2. PLANE1 …   English World dictionary

  • button tree — noun evergreen tree or shrub with fruit resembling buttons and yielding heavy hard compact wood • Syn: ↑button mangrove, ↑Conocarpus erectus • Hypernyms: ↑tree * * * noun 1. : a shrub or tree of the genus Conocarpus having hard …   Useful english dictionary

  • button tree — /ˈbʌtn tri/ (say butn tree) noun 1. a tropical tree or shrub, Conocarpus erectus, with heavy, hard, compact wood and button like fruits. 2. → buttonwood …   Australian English dictionary

  • Button — But ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster] 2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Button hook — Button But ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster] 2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Button shell — Button But ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster] 2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Button snakeroot — Button But ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster] 2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • button mangrove — noun evergreen tree or shrub with fruit resembling buttons and yielding heavy hard compact wood • Syn: ↑button tree, ↑Conocarpus erectus • Hypernyms: ↑tree * * * noun : button tree 1 * * * a tropical tree, Conocarpus erectus, having small,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Button Island (Massachusetts) — Button Island is an island in the Hingham Bay area of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The island has a permanent size of under convert|1|acre|m2|sing=on, plus an intertidal zone of a further convert|116|acre|km2, and is… …   Wikipedia

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