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1. See sycamore.
2. An evergreen shrub or tree (Conocarpus erectus) of coastal wetlands of tropical America and western Africa, having alternate leathery leaves and small buttonlike heads of greenish flowers.


(ˈbʌtənˌwʊd) or

button tree

1. (Plants) Also called: buttonball a North American plane tree, Platanus occidentalis. See plane tree
2. (Plants) a small West Indian tree, Conocarpus erectus, with button-like fruits and heavy hard compact wood: family Combretaceae


(ˈbʌt nˌwʊd)

Chiefly Eastern New Eng. sycamore (def. 1).
[1665–75, Amer.]
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Noun1.buttonwood - very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexicobuttonwood - very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexico
genus Platanus, Platanus - genus of large monoecious mostly deciduous trees: London plane; sycamore
plane tree, platan, sycamore - any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits
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In good weather, they operated under a Buttonwood tree on Wall Street.
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The Buttonwood Gathering refers to the buttonwood tree on Wall Street under which traders and speculators used to conduct their business during the 18th century.
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It has been over two centuries since securities traders began meeting informally under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street.