Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of trees constituting the order Platanaceæ, and consisting of 6 species, by some authors reduced to 3, natives of temperate or subtropical parts of the northern hemisphere, 2, or perhaps 3, confined to America, and 2 to the Old World; the plane-trees. They are large trees, with the light-brown bark often scaling off in broad, thin, and roundish flakes, exposing a whitish inner layer, and giving the trunk a naked or spotted appearance wholly unlike that of any other tree. They bear alternate broadly deltoid leaves, palmately nerved and lobed, the dilated leafstalk covering the leaf-bud of the year following. Sec buttonball, sycamore, and chinar-tree, and cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of trees; the plane tree.
- n. genus of large monoecious mostly deciduous trees: London plane; sycamore.
“Shaws – Castle; and, with her shawl wrapped around her head, so as in some degree to conceal her features, she stood before Mr. Cargill in the doubtful light and shadow of a huge platanus tree, which formed the canopy of the arbour, and seemed to await the communication he had promised.”
“In the case of the rue (_Ruta_) figured by M.A. de Jussieu  this splitting of one cotyledon into two is sufficiently evident, as is also the case in the sycamore (_Acer pseudo-platanus_), seedlings of which may often be met with divided cotyledons.”
“Naturalists tell us that this eligible site was once characterized by the graceful foliage of the pride of the American forests, the lofty plane-tree, the _platanus occidentalis_.”
“It was beneath a large platanus-tree, in the ruins of what had been intended for an old-fashioned arbour in the garden I have mentioned.”
“Here, the sago-palm, platanus, and tamarind, as well as the flowers and vegetables of the north of Europe, flourish so well as to promise to add permanently to the riches of this rich island.”
“It was beneath a huge platanus tree, in the ruins of what had been intended for an old-fashioned arbor in the garden”
“We halted for a time under a wide-branching platanus at the end of a bridge, between the masonry of which grew bunches of the caper plant, then in blossom of white and lilac, and at the piers of which grew straggling blackberry brambles and wild fig-trees in picturesque irregularity, while the water bubbled and gurgled over a pebbly bed or fragments of rock.”
“Among other trees that lined its banks, or adorned the precipitous cliffs, or followed the rising and falling road, were noble specimens of platanus (plane) and lofty zanzalacht, (the peepul of India;) crystal rills tumbled down the rocks, as if sparkling alive with enjoyment; then the usual poplar, walnut, evergreen oak, and a large plantation of olive: the river sometimes smiled with the fringe of oleander.”
“Pittosporum. plane-tree. plan of grounds. plant diseases. plant-lice. platanus species. platycodon grandiflorum. plows.”
“It is to be distinguished from our sycamore (the Acer pseudo-platanus), which is a species of maple often called a plane-tree.”
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