from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An eastern North American maple tree (Acer saccharum) having sap that is the source of maple syrup and maple sugar and variously grained hard wood used in cabinetmaking.
  • n. The wood of this tree. Also called hard maple, rock maple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American hardwood, Acer saccharum, famed as the source of maple sugar and maple flavoring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the rock maple (Acer saccharinum). See Maple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See maple and Acer (with cut).
  • n. See maple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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


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  • The sugar-maples, unlike many other flowering trees, do not blossom young; the locusts, amelanchiers, fruit trees generally, etc., blossom when mere shrubs three or four feet high; but the sugar maple and the scarlet maple are good-sized trees before they flower.

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  • But the glossy leaves of the maple are more numerous than any others, if we include the whole family, and with the exception of the western or ash-leaved maple, they all grow here, from the fine sugar maple to the dwarf mountain maple: including them all, then, perhaps they number two for one of any other deciduous tree found here.

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  • The young buds are coming out beautifully; the tufts of scarlet flowers on the soft maples are now daintily tipped with the tender green of the leaf-buds in their midst, and the long green flowers of the sugar maple have come out on many trees; yesterday, there were none to be seen.

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