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 of maple from the Web
The home boasts maple floors, a limestone fireplace and a backyard oasis with outdoor kitchen, fireplace and saltwater pool.
In pastel pinks and purples, an enchanting mix of columbines, lupines and foxgloves bloom in pockets of sun underneath Japanese maples.
Among large maple offerings in May were Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV’s sale of C$2 billion of seven- and 30-year bonds, Canada’s biggest non-bank corporate sale since 2011.
Wisconsin already allows the sale of other homemade foods, including maple syrup, jams, pickles and other canned goods, as well as raw apple cider, CBS affiliate WISC reports.
A Chicago-area urban tree census started in 2010 showed oaks were continuing to disappear, with younger trees losing out to maples and other tree varieties, said Lydia Scott, director of the arboretum's Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Some trees, including red maple and river birch, are suitable.
Du Pont chose a tree species -- Norway maple -- that was popular decades ago but fell from grace for being invasive and oppressively dense in form.
Looking back up toward the meadow, through the burgundy foliage of Japanese maples, the laciness of golden locust and past the snowy bracts of dogwood (Cornus kousa x C. nuttallii ‘Venus’ and Cornus ‘
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Origin and Etymology of maple
Middle English, from Old English mapul-; akin to Old Norse mǫpurr maple
First Known Use: 14th century
MAPLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of maple for English Language Learners
: 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
MAPLE Defined for Kids
Definition of maple for Students
: 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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