maple family

noun
the plant family Aceraceae, typified by trees and shrubs having sweet sap, simple opposite leaves usually lobed or toothed, clusters of small flowers, and fruit in the form of a double-winged nutlet, and including maples and the box elder.
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maple family

noun
a family of trees and shrubs of order Sapindales including the maples [syn: Aceraceae
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Long viewed as the maple family's poor relations, they were once confined almost exclusively to low, wet areas.
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