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[From its button-shaped fruit.]
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(Plants) US and Canadian a North American plane tree, Platanus occidentalis. See plane tree
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Sycamore, American sycamore, American planetree, American plane, California button, California sycamore, buttonwood, buttonball tree, planetree, water beech, ghost tree
"That time I fired into a buttonball tree, so as not to orphan this kid of yourn."
American sycamore, buttonwood, American planetree, buttonball, water beech, ghost wood