An example of a maple is a tree that produces edible sap.
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.
Origin of maple
- Middle English from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo maple tree)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English mapultrēow and mapulder, from Proto-Germanic *mapulaz (compare Old Saxon mapulder, Old High German mazaltra, mazzaltra; Old Icelandic möpurr, Middle Low German mapeldorn, dialectal Dutch meppel, German Masseller, Maßholder), perhaps a blend of *masuraz 'knob; maple-tree' (compare Old Icelandic mösurr '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.