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1. 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.
2. The wood of any of these trees, especially the hard, close-grained wood of the sugar maple, often used for furniture and flooring.
3. The flavor of the concentrated sap of the sugar maple.
[Middle English, from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo, maple tree).]
1. (Plants) any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Acer, having winged seeds borne in pairs and lobed leaves: family Aceraceae
2. (Forestry) the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees, used for furniture and flooring
3. (Cookery) the flavour of the sap of the sugar maple
[C14: from Old English mapel-, as in mapeltrēow maple tree]
1. any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer, grown for shade or ornament, for timber, or for sap.
2. the wood of any of these.
3. the flavor of maple syrup or maple sugar.
[before 900; Middle English mapel, Old English mapul-; akin to Old Norse mǫpurr]
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|Noun||1.||maple - wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring|
maple - any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone
bird's-eye maple - maple wood having a wavy grain with eyelike markings
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
|2.||maple - any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone|
maple - wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring
Acer saccharinum, silver maple - a common North American maple tree; five-lobed leaves are light green above and silvery white beneath; source of hard close-grained but brittle light-brown wood
Acer saccharum, rock maple, sugar maple - maple of eastern and central North America having three-lobed to five-lobed leaves and hard close-grained wood much used for cabinet work especially the curly-grained form; sap is chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar; many subspecies
Acer rubrum, red maple, scarlet maple, swamp maple - maple of eastern and central America; five-lobed leaves turn scarlet and yellow in autumn
Acer pennsylvanicum, goosefoot maple, moosewood, moose-wood, striped dogwood, striped maple - maple of eastern North America with striped bark and large two-lobed leaves clear yellow in autumn
Acer macrophyllum, big-leaf maple, Oregon maple - maple of western North America having large 5-lobed leaves orange in autumn
Acer spicatum, mountain alder, mountain maple - small shrubby maple of eastern North America; scarlet in autumn
Acer circinatum, vine maple - small maple of northwestern North America having prostrate stems that root freely and form dense thickets
Acer platanoides, Norway maple - a large Eurasian maple tree naturalized in North America; five-lobed leaves yellow in autumn; cultivated in many varieties
Acer pseudoplatanus, great maple, scottish maple, sycamore - Eurasian maple tree with pale grey bark that peels in flakes like that of a sycamore tree; leaves with five ovate lobes yellow in autumn
Acer argutum, pointed-leaf maple - small shrubby Japanese plant with leaves having 5 to 7 acuminate lobes; yellow in autumn
Acer japonicum, full moon maple, Japanese maple - leaves deeply incised and bright red in autumn; Japan
Acer palmatum, Japanese maple - ornamental shrub or small tree of Japan and Korea with deeply incised leaves; cultivated in many varieties