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
Recent Examples on the Web The beaver may be one of Canada’s official national symbols, as iconic as the maple leaf, but Canadians have a love-hate relationship with the creature, with the emphasis for many more on the second emotion. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Two people died on Saturday night after a vehicle crashed into a maple tree in Vallejo, causing the vehicle to become engulfed in flames, authorities said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Jan. 2022 My daughter is forwarding a photo of my poor little maple tree here in the Texas Hill Country. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 The famous Tree of Hearts, a giant maple tree decked out with hundreds of glittering hearts, is a hot favorite with visitors and a great photo opportunity. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Sugar maples, the most common maple tree species for syrup, grow almost exclusively in the American north and northeast and in the Canadian southeast. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2021 In mid-fall, when maple tree leaves turn yellow and red, the lake becomes even more attractive than usual. oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2021 Some tied little purple ribbons into the red-leafed maple tree planted next to the track in her memory. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2021 Large numbers of these bugs are usually only found in the vicinity of their host plants, which are big leaf maple trees and boxelder trees. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021

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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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“Maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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