- The definition of maple is of a tree in the genus Acer, or the wood or sap from this tree.
An example of maple used as an adjective is in the phrase "maple syrup," which means syrup made from the sugar of one of these trees.
- Maple is defined as a tree in the genus Acer, or a syrup made from the sugar of this tree.
An example of a maple is a tree that produces edible sap.
A maple tree in Autumn.
maple definition by Webster's New World
- any of a large genus (Acer) of trees of the maple family, grown for wood, sap, or shade
- the hard, closegrained, light-colored wood of such a tree, used for furniture, flooring, etc.
- the reddish-yellow or yellowish color of the finished wood
- the flavor of maple syrup or of the sugar made from this
- Slang a bowling pin: usually used in pl.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English mapel(treo), akin to Old Norse mǫpurr
- designating a family (Aceraceae, order Sapindales) of dicotyledonous trees and a few shrubs, characterized by opposite, often lobed leaves, small clusters of flowers, and two-winged fruits
- of or made of maple
- flavored with maple
maple definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of numerous deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer of the North Temperate Zone, having opposite, usually palmate leaves and long-winged fruits borne in pairs.
- The wood of any of these trees, especially the hard, close-grained wood of the sugar maple, often used for furniture and flooring.
- The flavor of the concentrated sap of the sugar maple.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo, maple tree).