n 1: wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring 2: any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone
nounEtymology: Middle English, from Old English mapul-; akin to Old Norse m?purr maple Date: 14th century any of a genus (Acer of the family Aceraceae, the maple family) of chiefly deciduous trees or shrubs with opposite leaves and a fruit of two united samaras; also the hard light-colored close-grained wood of a maple used especially for flooring and furniture
n. 1 any tree or shrub of the genus Acer grown for shade, ornament, wood, or its sugar. 2 the wood of the maple. Phrases and idioms: maple-leaf the leaf of the maple, used as an emblem of Canada. maple sugar a sugar produced by evaporating the sap of the sugar maple etc. maple syrup a syrup produced from the sap of the sugar maple etc. Etymology: ME mapul etc. f. OE mapeltreow, mapulder
Maple Ma"ple, n. [AS. mapolder, mapulder, mapol; akin to Icel. m["o]purr; cf. OHG. mazzaltra, mazzoltra, G. massholder.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus Acer, including about fifty species. A. saccharinum is the rock maple, or sugar maple, from the sap of which sugar is made, in the United States, in great quantities, by evaporation; the red or swamp maple is A. rubrum; the silver maple, A. dasycarpum, having fruit wooly when young; the striped maple, A. Pennsylvanium, called also moosewood. The common maple of Europe is A. campestre, the sycamore maple is A. Pseudo-platanus, and the Norway maple is A. platanoides. Note: Maple is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, maple tree, maple leaf, etc. Bird's-eye maple, Curled maple, varieties of the wood of the rock maple, in which a beautiful lustrous grain is produced by the sinuous course of the fibers. Maple honey, Maple molasses, or Maple sirup, maple sap boiled to the consistency of molasses. Maple sugar, sugar obtained from the sap of the sugar maple by evaporation.