from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tree of the genus Platanus, especially P. orientalis
  • noun The sycamore maple, Acer Psendo-platanus: so called from the similarity of its leaves to those of the plane. Other maples are also sometimes known as plane-trees.


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  • Even so they were at first, if you will believe that pleasant tale of Socrates, which he told fair Phaedrus under a plane-tree, at the banks of the river Iseus; about noon when it was hot, and the grasshoppers made a noise, he took that sweet occasion to tell him a tale, how grasshoppers were once scholars, musicians, poets,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • “Why, the golden plane-tree that is so belauded is not big enough to furnish shade to a single grasshopper.”


  • Crossing over to the river side, he noted the building, white and cheerful-looking, with green sunblinds, seen through a screen of plane-tree leaves.

    In Chancery

  • Emily, overcome by these recollections, left the plane-tree, and, as she leaned pensively on the wall of the terrace, she observed a group of peasants dancing gaily on the banks of the Garonne, which spread in broad expanse below, and reflected the evening light.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • “No, go on,” till the man gave it up in despair, and the yellow-wheeled chariot continued to roll between the tall, flat-fronted shuttered houses and plane-tree avenues — a little

    In Chancery

  • The deepest shade of twilight did not send him from his favourite plane-tree.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • I wished earnestly to have got admittance, that I might have taken another leave of your favourite plane-tree, and thought of you once more beneath its shade: but I forbore to tempt the curiosity of strangers: the fishing-house in the woods, however, was still open to me; thither I went, and passed an hour, which I cannot even look back upon without emotion.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • When he admired the grandeur of the plane-tree, that spread its wide branches over the terrace, and under whose shade they now sat, she remembered how often she had sat thus with St. Aubert, and heard him express the same admiration.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Here, under the ample shade of a plane-tree, that spread its majestic canopy towards the river,

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • The fear of meeting him, particularly after the declaration he had made, and of incurring a censure, which her aunt might so reasonably bestow, if it was known, that she was met by her lover, at this hour, made her instantly leave her beloved plane-tree, and walk towards the chateau.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho


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