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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Most of the book consists of acetate squares, each of which seems to imprison a different autumn leaf: the scarlet of maple; the neon-yellow of cottonwood; the green of birch and eucalyptus. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Board Books That Aren’t Boring," 1 Nov. 2018 The trail offers beautiful autumn surprises—evergreen trees covered in moss provide a contrasting background for the red splashes of vine maples and the yellow hues of big leaf maples, while mushrooms in many colors sprout from the ground. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 Basic wooden pins made of maple or walnut are smooth and glide easily through your hands, making them easy to maneuver. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "The Best Rolling Pin Is Basically Just a Fancy Stick," 19 Jan. 2018 Slowly pour the egg mixture into the maple mixture, and whisk just until combined. 7. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Drizzle with warm maple mixture and crumble reserved bacon over squash. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Acorn Squash With Maple-Bacon Drizzle," 21 Nov. 2018 Infiniti went with a tan, brown, and beige color palette for the interior, with some contrast stitching and maple trim accents in the dashboard. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Price: $1,500 Photo: Scott Arthur Millwork & Cabinetry Ltd 7.All the perimeter cabinetry is made from maple. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "A $75,000 Lounge for the Après-Ski Whiskey Lover," 31 Oct. 2018 Almost all of the town's buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places; be sure to drop in at the 1886-era general store F.H. Gillingham & Sons for some souvenir maple candy. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 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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