ma·ple | \ˈmā-pəl \

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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Size: One bedroom, one bath, 680-square-feet Price: $975 to $985 Amenities: These one-bedroom apartment homes come with fully furnished open kitchens, natural maple-style raised cabinetry and granite counter tops. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 Its popular Sunday brunch included waffles with apple compote, maple salted caramel and cinnamon cream. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "West Bottoms restaurant in converted gas station closes after more than seven years," 2 July 2018 The burger was presented as prime beef topped with Dearborn brand double-smoked bacon, a fried egg, Pinconning cheese and maple-mustard. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2018 Along the way, stop for a cheese tasting at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese factory and a soft-serve maple creemee at Green Mountain Sugar House. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Fun Things to Do in Vermont," 25 June 2018 Dark chocolate chip, coco nib, maple coconut flake topping! Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 To coincide with the spring opening, seasonal varieties like Geauga maple walnut and lavender honey will be served up. Nikki Delamotte,, "Mitchell's Ice Cream to open Strongsville shop on May 15," 14 May 2018 Acres of corn rolled in the distance, the maple was a picturesque focal point, and inside, the cedar walls, after a decade of darkness, were scrubbed with the sun. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The maple, however, is clinging to life, Eater NY reported. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Chef accused of poisoning neighbor's giant maple tree that blocked his solar panels," 9 June 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 \

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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