silver maple

noun

1
: a common maple (Acer saccharinum) of eastern North America with deeply cut 5-lobed leaves that are light green above and silvery white below
2
: the hard close-grained but brittle light brown wood of the silver maple

Examples of silver maple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the redbuds and silver maples that fringed the hillsides, the light turned the color of ash. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 The floodplain forests along the upper Mississippi River are mostly made up of silver maple, cottonwood, willow, green ash and American elm. Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 In the case of the silver maples, just a few inches of elevation made all the difference for those that survived versus those that were wiped out by floodwaters, Henderson said. Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 The other was a neighbor’s silver maple. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 27 Feb. 2021 The tree is to replace a 40-plus-year-old silver maple that was taken down in January due to breakage. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 Interestingly, silver maple and box elder, also a member of the maple family, along with Eastern cottonwood, are also keystone plants, according to the NWF. Jennifer Rude Klett, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 For example, a silver maple sheds seeds in late spring, while white oaks drop acorns in late summer or early fall. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Tewes said silver maple, tatarian maple and some oaks can’t draw nutrients out of Utah’s acidic soil. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of silver maple was in 1765

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“Silver maple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver%20maple. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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