Maple

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Maple \Ma"ple\ (m[=a]"p'l), noun [AS. mapolder, mapulder, mapol; akin to Icel. m["o]purr; cf. OHG. mazzaltra, mazzoltra, G. massholder.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus {Acer}, including about fifty species. {Acer saccharinum} is the {rock maple}, or {sugar maple}, from the sap of which sugar is made, in the United States, in great quantities, by evaporation; the {red maple} or {swamp maple} is {Acer rubrum}; the {silver maple}, {Acer dasycarpum}, having fruit wooly when young; the {striped maple}, {Acer Pennsylvanium}, called also {moosewood}. The common maple of Europe is {Acer campestre}, the {sycamore maple} is {Acer Pseudo-platanus}, and the {Norway maple} is {Acer platanoides}.

Note: Maple is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, maple tree, maple leaf, etc.

{Bird's-eye maple}, {Curled maple}, varieties of the wood of the rock maple, in which a beautiful lustrous grain is produced by the sinuous course of the fibers.

{Maple honey}, {Maple molasses}, {Maple syrup}, or {Maple sirup}, maple sap boiled to the consistency of molasses.

{Maple sugar}, sugar obtained from the sap of the sugar maple by evaporation.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

maple

noun

1: wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring

2: any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone


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