American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several trees of the genus Platanus, having ball-shaped fruit clusters and, usually, outer bark that flakes off in patches.
- n. Alternative form of planetree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) Same as 1st plane.
- n. 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
“When we drove up the hills to Argenos that evening for a drink, and wandered up through the village, we found a square dominated by yet another huge oriental plane tree at its centre, much carved with lovers’ initials and much climbed.”
“He had gone for a monk at the age of twelve, spent the same number of years in the Holy Land, had dwelt for five years in Zante, and had finally settled in a cave at Spilla, thence to reorganise the monastery at Omala, where he had planted the plane tree and dug the well with his own hands.”
“We all went for a farewell lunch together in the shade of a spreading oriental plane tree and a walnut at Madumar Ata, Jalal-Abad’s longest-established and most popular restaurant.”
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