Maple meaning

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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.
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The flavor of the concentrated sap of the sugar maple.
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Of or made of maple.
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Flavored with maple.
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A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds.
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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.

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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.

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The reddish-yellow or yellowish color of the finished wood.
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The flavor of maple syrup or of the sugar made from this.
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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.
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The wood of any of these trees, especially the hard, close-grained wood of the sugar maple, often used for furniture and flooring.
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Any of a large genus (Acer) of trees of the maple family, grown for wood, sap, or shade.
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The hard, closegrained, light-colored wood of such a tree, used for furniture, flooring, etc.
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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.

    From Wiktionary