- 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
Origin of mapleMiddle English from Old English mapel(treo), akin to Old Norse m?purr
- 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