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more properly sycomore (Hebrew: shikmoth and shikmim, Greek: sycomoros)
At Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore-tree to see Jesus as he passed by (Luke 19:4). This tree was easily destroyed by frost (Psalm 78:47), and therefore it is found mostly in the “vale” (1 Kings 10:27; 2 Chronicles 1:15: in both passages the Revised King James Version has properly “lowland”), i.e., the “low country,” the shephelah, where the climate is mild. Amos (7:14) refers to its fruit, which is of an inferior character; so also probably Jeremiah (24:2). It is to be distinguished from our sycamore (the Acer pseudo-platanus), which is a species of maple often called a plane-tree.