buttonball
Plane Plane, n. [F., fr. L. platanus, Gr. ?, fr. ? broad; -- so called on account of its broad leaves and spreading form. See {Place}, and cf. {Platane}, {Plantain} the tree.] (Bot.) Any tree of the genus {Platanus}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Oriental plane ({Platanus orientalis}) is a native of Asia. It rises with a straight, smooth, branching stem to a great height, with palmated leaves, and long pendulous peduncles, sustaining several heads of small close-sitting flowers. The seeds are downy, and collected into round, rough, hard balls. The Occidental plane ({Platanus occidentalis}), which grows to a great height, is a native of North America, where it is popularly called {sycamore}, {buttonwood}, and {buttonball}, names also applied to the California species ({Platanus racemosa}). [1913 Webster]


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  • Buttonball — But ton*ball , n. (Bot.) See {Buttonwood}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttonball — ☆ buttonball [but′ nbôl΄ ] n. 1. PLANE1 2. BUTTONBUSH * * * but·ton·ball (bŭtʹn bôl ) n. See sycamore.   [ …   Universalium

  • buttonball — ☆ buttonball [but′ nbôl΄ ] n. 1. PLANE1 2. BUTTONBUSH …   English World dictionary

  • buttonball — vakarinis platanas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Plataninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis augalas (Platanus occidentalis), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Platanus occidentalis angl. American plane tree; American… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • buttonball — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. also buttonball tree chiefly North : sycamore 3a 2. : buttonbush * * * buttˈonball see ↑buttonwood below …   Useful english dictionary

  • buttonball — noun Date: 1821 plane II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • buttonball — n. buttonwood, sycamore, any of a number of North American deciduous trees having rounded fruits and a flaky outer bark …   English contemporary dictionary

  • buttonball tree — Buttonwood But ton*wood , n. (Bot.) The {Platanus occidentalis}, or American plane tree, a large tree, producing rough balls, from which it is named; called also {buttonball tree}, and, in some parts of the United States, {sycamore}. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttonball tree — noun see buttonball 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • buttonwood — Plane Plane, n. [F., fr. L. platanus, Gr. ?, fr. ? broad; so called on account of its broad leaves and spreading form. See {Place}, and cf. {Platane}, {Plantain} the tree.] (Bot.) Any tree of the genus {Platanus}. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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