maple

[mey-puhl]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the wood of any such tree.
3.
the flavor of maple syrup or maple sugar.
4.
Bowling Slang. pin ( def 11 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English mapel, Old English mapul-, in mapultrēow, mapulder maple tree, cognate with Old Saxon mapulder

maplelike, adjective
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maple (ˈmeɪpəl)
 
n
1.  any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Acer, having winged seeds borne in pairs and lobed leaves: family Aceraceae
2.  the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees, used for furniture and flooring
3.  the flavour of the sap of the sugar maple
 
[C14: from Old English mapel-, as in mapeltrēow maple tree]

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maple
mid-14c., from O.E. mapultreow "maple tree," related to O.N. möpurr, O.S. mapulder, M.L.G. mapeldorn, from P.Gmc. *maplo-. There also was a P.Gmc. *matlo- (cf. O.H.G. mazzaltra, Ger. maszholder), but the connection and origins are mysterious. The maple leaf is mentioned as the emblem of Canada from
1860.
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Example sentences for maplelike
Lobed, maplelike, light green leaves are often variegated with white and yellow.
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