ma·​ple | \ ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio) \

Definition of maple

: 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

Examples of maple in a Sentence

The maple leaf is an emblem of Canada. a table made of maple

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And just wooden chairs, maple chairs, very nicely done, very nicely made. Cassie Owens,, "How black Philadelphians' homes capture life's moments," 6 Mar. 2018 In terms of a replacement, the village is asking residents to choose between an autumn blaze maple, an accolade elm or a swamp white oak. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe wants people to vote on Facebook for tree to replace elm," 24 Apr. 2018 The builds use signature wood accents in customizable options—think maple, oak, mahogany, and cherry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van fits all the essentials in 112 square feet," 16 Oct. 2018 The god of such things wisely sited Fifth Water Hot Springs (801-798-3571) around 2 miles into an ascending hike, along a dappled path drawn beneath a canopy of maples and cottonwoods. Sunset, "Go on a Hot Springs Adventure in the Utah Desert," 22 Jan. 2018 Her sons supply her with salmon and make wooden platters for food service from maple and fir trees that have been sustainably harvested on the property. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Meals at Stowel Lake Farm celebrate its organic vegetable garden, and its intergenerational community," 5 Feb. 2019 Everybody stands on footstools around the maple-wood prep table to gain the leverage needed to make dough in big stainless-steel bowls. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 On the five hundred acres of the Storm King Art Center, in Cornwall, New York, the sight of weeping willows or maples is no surprise—but a tropical-palm grove? The New Yorker, "Outdoor Artworks Tackle Environmental Issues, at Storm King," 22 June 2018 If your guitar has a maple fretboard, don’t use steel wool or lemon oil at all. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of maple

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maple

Middle English, from Old English mapul-; akin to Old Norse mǫpurr maple

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English Language Learners Definition of maple

: a type of tree that grows in northern parts of the world and has hard wood often used in making furniture
: the wood of a maple tree


ma·​ple | \ ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio) \

Kids Definition of maple

: a tree having deeply notched leaves, seeds with a winglike part, and hard pale wood and including some whose sap is evaporated to a sweet syrup ( maple syrup ) and a brownish sugar ( maple sugar )

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