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[mey-puh l] /ˈmeɪ pəl/
any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer, species of which are grown as shade or ornamental trees, for timber, or for sap.
Compare maple family.
the wood of any such tree.
the flavor of maple syrup or maple sugar.
Bowling Slang. pin (def 11).
Origin of maple
before 900; Middle English mapel, Old English mapul-, in mapultrēow, mapulder maple tree, cognate with Old Saxon mapulder
Related forms
maplelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maple
  • The maple leaves had fallen and they lined the gutters of the asphalted streets.
  • But a better answer deals with a better interpretation of the question--regarding maple syrup.
  • They reported that it might reduce cold or stress tolerance in some tree species, including red spruce and sugar maple.
  • There's a beautiful maple tree outside, and there's a little warbler of some type flitting around it in.
  • To tap a maple tree, a small hole is drilled about two inches into the tree trunk and a metal or plastic tap is inserted.
  • Also donut, which seem a lot less sweet when you're eating maple syrup on snow.
  • Gives examples of other invasive species threatening chestnut, ash, and sugar maple trees.
  • Treated maple is also being adopted for decking on yachts.
  • Sam can make out, nestled up in the crook of the maple tree, the tree house his father built for him.
  • It works as a savory side dish or a brunch item with maple syrup.
British Dictionary definitions for maple


any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Acer, having winged seeds borne in pairs and lobed leaves: family Aceraceae
the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees, used for furniture and flooring
the flavour of the sap of the sugar maple
Word Origin
C14: from Old English mapel-, as in mapeltrēow maple tree
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Word Origin and History for maple

c.1300, from Old English mapultreow "maple tree," also mapolder, mapuldre, related to Old Norse möpurr, Old Saxon mapulder, Middle Low German mapeldorn, from Proto-Germanic *maplo-. There also was a Proto-Germanic *matlo- (cf. Old High German mazzaltra, German maszholder), but the connection and origins are mysterious. Formerly with adjectival form mapelin (early 15c.; Old English mapuldern). Maple syrup attested from 1824, American English. The maple leaf is mentioned as the emblem of Canada from 1850.

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maple in Technology

A symbolic mathematics package by B. Char, K. Geddes, G. Gonnet, M. Monagan and S. Watt of the University of Waterloo, Canada and ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1980. Version: Maple V.
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