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sugar maple

any of several maples having a sweet sap, especially Acer saccharum (the state tree of New York, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin), having a short trunk and long, curving branches, yielding a hard wood used for making furniture and being the chief source of maple sugar.
Origin of sugar maple
1725-35, Americanism
Related forms
sugar-maple, adjective Unabridged
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  • Flowers a little later than the leaves in spring, in stalked corymbs, less drooping than the sugar-maple (No. 6).

  • A few days since I climbed up to the nest of the downy woodpecker, in the decayed top of a sugar-maple.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The poison-ivy is in its glory, and no tupelo, no sugar-maple, can rival its scarlet and vermilion.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • From the mainland, high on a sugar-maple's spire, came the sweet calling of a meadow-lark.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • A few days since, I climbed up to the nest of the downy woodpecker, in the decayed top of a sugar-maple.

  • Its banks are shaded by the sugar-maple and poplar, and it is surrounded by fertile plains, which produce the rice of Canada.

    The World of Waters Mrs. David Osborne
  • It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • The tree is tapped, as we treat the sugar-maple, in order to obtain its very remarkable and useful product.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • If the sugar-maple is hacked, it will bleed,—the pure white blood of Nature.

    How Spring Came in New England Charles Dudley Warner
  • It gives me a twinge even to sit in the shadow of a sugar-maple!

British Dictionary definitions for sugar-maple

sugar maple

a North American maple tree, Acer saccharum, that is grown as a source of sugar, which is extracted from the sap, and for its hard wood
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