from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer of the North Temperate Zone, having opposite, usually palmate leaves and long-winged fruits borne in pairs.
- n. The wood of any of these trees, especially the hard, close-grained wood of the sugar maple, often used for furniture and flooring.
- n. The flavor of the concentrated sap of the sugar maple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree of the genus Acer, including about fifty species. Acer 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 maple or swamp maple is Acer rubrum; the silver maple, Acer dasycarpum, having fruit wooly when young; the striped maple, Acer Pennsylvanium, called also moosewood. The common maple of Europe is Acer campestre, the sycamore maple is Acer Pseudo-platanus, and the Norway maple is Acer platanoides.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree of the genus Acer, natural order Sapindaceœ, peculiar to the northern temperate parts of the globe.
- n. The wood of this tree.
- Consisting or made of, or derived from, maple or the maple-tree.
- n. See mapple.
- n. In New Zealand, a common settlers' corruption of mapau.
- n. In Australia, Chariessa Moorei, the scrub silky oak (which see, under oak).
- n. The sugar-maple.
- n. The box-elder, Acer Negundo.
- n. The box-elder.
- n. The mountain-maple.
- n. The silver maple.
- n. The mountain-maple.
- n. The red maple: so called from its white wood. Compare shoe-peg maple.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring
- n. any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone
Middle English, from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo, maple tree).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mapultrēow, from Proto-Germanic *mapulaz (compare Old Icelandic möpurr, Middle Low German mapeldorn, 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. (Wiktionary)