sugar maple


Definition of sugar maple

1 : a maple (Acer saccharum) of eastern North America with 3- to 5-lobed leaves, hard close-grained wood much used for cabinetwork, and sap that is the chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar

called also rock maple, hard maple

2 : any of several maples (especially Acer nigrum and A. grandidentatum) often considered subspecies of the sugar maple

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Back in November, an arborist friend, Ben Urmston of Spacewalk Tree Service in Sherborn, Massachusetts, had helped take down the tree: a dead sixty-foot sugar maple. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 This year, several types of trees are available, including sugar maple, shingle oak, and eastern redbud. Zipporah Osei,, "A film festival, tree planting, and vintage video games," 8 June 2018 Trees Available are: blue spruce, white pine, red oak, sugar maple, wild black cherry, and sycamore. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "There's a buzz about the new residents at the farm: Whit & whimsey," 27 Apr. 2018 One of the remaining trees is a sugar maple that the couple has tapped in the past to get their own maple syrup. Nate Owen,, "Property of the Week: 61 Dorset Lane, Farmington," 14 Sep. 2017 That climb was astonishing, the green sugar maples giving way to oversaturated orange and red as the altitude rose and the temperature dropped. Kathleen Alcott, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Find My Friends," 17 Apr. 2018 The court, made from sugar maple trees located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is comprised of 397 pieces weighing 185 pounds apiece. Cody Mccrary, San Antonio Express-News, "Final Four floor took nearly a year to prepare," 27 Mar. 2018 Maple Sugar Days Freezing nighttime temperatures in combination with thawing daytime temperatures are turning the sugar maple trees at Wehr Nature Center into maple-sap machines. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wehr Nature Center set to host 42nd annual Maple Sugar Days," 19 Mar. 2018 The forest preserve district has been working on oak restoration in some of its properties, including Ryerson Woods, where sugar maples are crowding out the oaks. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "'The true sign of spring': Sap begins to flow out of sugar maples in Riverwoods forest preserve," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sugar maple

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sugar maple

chiefly US : a kind of maple tree that grows in eastern North America and that has sweet sap that is used to make maple syrup and maple sugar

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Kids Definition of sugar maple

: a maple tree of the northeastern United States with hard strong wood and a sweet sap that is used to make maple syrup and maple sugar

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