Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See sycamore.
  • n. An evergreen shrub or tree (Conocarpus erectus) growing in mangrove forests of tropical America and western Africa and having alternate leathery leaves and small buttonlike heads of greenish flowers. Also called button mangrove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The common name given to at least three species of shrub or tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 California buttonwood is Platanus racemosa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common name in the West Indies of a low combreta-ceous tree, Conocarpus erecta, with very heavy, hard, and compact wood.
  • n. See buttonball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexico

Etymologies

button +‎ wood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This name, as well as sycamore, is given, among us, to the large tree commonly called the buttonwood; but the tree here mentioned is different.

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • The Big Board's roots as an icon of American capitalism go back to 1792, when traders signed an agreement under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street.

    Feds Sink Nasdaq's Bid to Buy Big Board

  • On May 17, 1792, after years of shouting out on the street, a group of 24 prominent brokers met under a buttonwood tree at what is now 68 Wall Street and decided to move indoors, so to speak.

    Make Way for the Virtual Exchange

  • That was when two dozen brokers met under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street where they had been trading securities outdoors to form what became the NYSE.

    Exporting Wall Street

  • From its beginnings under a buttonwood tree, "Wall Street" has become a metaphor for global capitalism beyond its original physical address.

    Exporting Wall Street

  • Fresh-caught snook fillets, slow-grilled over a smoky buttonwood fire (the wood is key).

    The Best Camp Dinner Ever

  • According to lore, New York stock trading can be traced to 1792, when traders signed an agreement under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street.

    Germans in Talks to Buy Big Board

  • The beginnings of the New York Stock Exchange can be traced back to 1792, when brokers and merchants gathered under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street to sign the Buttonwood Agreement to trade securities on a commission basis.

    NYSE Trading Floor Over the Years

  • Insider trading has been around for more than two centuries, since the New York Stock Exchange was founded under a buttonwood tree in lower Manhattan.

    How an SEC Crackdown Led to Rise of 'Expert Networks'

  • It will happen steps from where George Washington took the presidential oath of office at Downtown's original Federal Hall, and steps from where the seat of capitalism, the New York Stock Exchange, was founded by a group of brokers in 1792 who met under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street.

    Julie Menin: Downtown Dispatch: Fear and Anxiety Grip Lower Manhattan as It Braces for the Terror Trials

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  • from Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, probably meaning sycamore

    July 19, 2009