red maple


: a common tree (Acer rubrum) of eastern and central North America that grows chiefly in moist soils, has reddish twigs and flowers, and yields a lighter and softer wood than the sugar maple

Examples of red maple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although there are some sugar maples in the northern part of New Jersey, Stockton is located in southern New Jersey, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) northwest of Atlantic City, where red maples are more common. Wayne Parry, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024 Four species are native to this northern region: eastern white pine, northern red oak, bur oak and red maple. Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2024 Numerous majestic pin oak, green ash, black elder and red maple trees provide food and shelter. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 Just as a single red maple tree may have dramatic differences in fall coloration between its sunny side and its shady side, aspen clones can vary, too, but the differences may be spread across thousands of different trunks. Michael C Grant, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Emmons says the Bourdon Farms forest has a diverse array of foliage – from sugar maples, red maples, ash trees, beech trees, birch trees – to mitigate disease and prevent pest pressure. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2023 The 300-square-foot Maple Oak Treehouse sits 16 feet off the ground between a red maple and a white oak, and the 700-square-foot White Oak Treehouse is 24 feet off the ground, supported by a 200-year-old tree. Cari Shane, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2023 The many species of oaks and several maples, namely sugar and red maples (Acer saccharum and A. rubrum, respectively) seemed to have been hit very hard. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2023 Silk wallpaper, hand embroidery and elaborate inlays depicting flying flamingos, gingko leaves and red maple trees with bluebirds also established a nature-heavy tone. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red maple was in 1770

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“Red maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

red maple

: a North American maple that has reddish twigs and rather soft wood and grows mainly in moist soils

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