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

Examples of sugar maple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their graves, former settlements and dancing sites can still be found among the stands of sugar maple, oak, birch and white pine. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 Maples differ by species, as red maple turns brilliant scarlet; sugar maple, orange-red; and black maple, yellow. Fox News, "Fall colors in Midwest spotted from space as autumn arrives," 1 Oct. 2020 There's even an old-growth sugar maple and American beech forest. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Arkansas' wildlife refuges," 22 Aug. 2020 Jerry shared some of this knowledge while pissing near the eighth tee, against a sugar maple. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020 My aunt walked down the garden path to exchange wedding vows beneath the shade of the sugar maple. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, "How Quarantine Taught Me to Love Gardening," 4 June 2020 To be considered a true maple syrup, at least in Canada, a product must be made entirely from maple sap collected from maple trees, usually sugar maple, red maple, or black maple varieties. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Artificial “tongue” for maple syrup weeds out batches with “buddy” off flavors," 28 May 2020 Snyder noted that trees planted so far include dawn redwood, sugar maple, horse chestnut, redbud, crabapple and tupelo. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Work on Rocky River’s new police station progressing; trees will be abundant," 25 May 2020 Help survey maple trees that are part of a national sugar maple research study. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sugar maple

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2020

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“Sugar maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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