SYCAMORE, the Acer pseudo-platanus, common to Europe, is also called great maple, and in Scotland and the north of England, plane-tree; its mean size is 32 ft. high. Sycamore is a very clean wood, with a figure like the plane-tree, but much smaller, it is softer than beech, but rather disposed to brittlcness. The colour of young sycamore is silky white, and of the old brownish white; the wood of middle age is intermediate in colour; and the strongest; some of the pieces are very handsomely mottled. It is used in furniture, pianofortes and harps, and for the superior kinds of Tunbridge turnery; sycamore may be cut into very good screws, and it is used for presses, dairy utensils, etc. See Maple.
A variety of sycamore, which is called harewood, is richer in figure and sometimes striped, but it is in other respects similar to the above. Some of the foreign kinds are very beautifully rippled or waved, almost as richly so as satin-wood; such pieces are selected for the backs of the handsomest violins, the sounding boards of which, and of most other instruments, are made of the Swiss deal, which is probably the produce of a Larch.