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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The large tree — a red maple — was about two feet in diameter. CBS News, 28 July 2022 The large tree was a red maple approximately 2 feet in diameter, the park said. Fox News, 27 July 2022 The tree canopy at Minshall Alar Preserve includes hackberry, red maple and basswood, among many others. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 27 May 2022 Seedlings will include red maple, sugar maple, Douglas-fir and more, according to a press release. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Kwiatkowski said luna moth caterpillars are also known to feed on the leaves of hickory, birch, red maple, white oak, and sassafras. Don Lyman,, 16 June 2022 Sherwood recommended placing a rain garden at least 10 feet away from the house, and likes to include native red maple and tupelo trees if there’s room. Jon Gorey,, 27 Mar. 2022 The saplings of red maple, northeastern red oak and eastern redbud are $5 each. cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 The grant will help pay for serviceberry shrubs, ornamental grass and red maple trees. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 4 Dec. 2022.

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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