A maple tree in Autumn.
- 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.
- 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 of mapleMiddle 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
- Any of various chiefly deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer of the Northern Hemisphere, having opposite, usually palmate leaves and fruits consisting of paired seeds attached to long wings.
- 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 of mapleMiddle English, from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo, maple tree).
Old English mapultrÄ“ow and mapulder, from Proto-Germanic *mapulaz (compare Old Saxon mapulder, Old High German mazaltra, mazzaltra; Old Icelandic mÃ¶purr, Middle Low German mapeldorn, dialectal Dutch meppel, German Masseller, MaÃŸholder), perhaps a blend of *masuraz 'knob; maple-tree' (compare Old Icelandic mÃ¶surr 'maple', Low German/German Maser 'knob, offshoot') and *apulaz 'apple' (see apple), from *masam 'lump, knob' (compare obsolete German Mase 'scar', modern Maser 'speck, measle'). More at measles.