Sap sucker
Sap Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ascending is the crude sap, the assimilation of which takes place in the leaves, when it becomes the elaborated sap suited to the growth of the plant. [1913 Webster]

2. The sapwood, or alburnum, of a tree. [1913 Webster]

3. A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{Sap ball} (Bot.), any large fungus of the genus Polyporus. See {Polyporus}.

{Sap green}, a dull light green pigment prepared from the juice of the ripe berries of the {Rhamnus catharticus}, or buckthorn. It is used especially by water-color artists.

{Sap rot}, the dry rot. See under {Dry}.

{Sap sucker} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small American woodpeckers of the genus {Sphyrapicus}, especially the yellow-bellied woodpecker ({S. varius}) of the Eastern United States. They are so named because they puncture the bark of trees and feed upon the sap. The name is loosely applied to other woodpeckers.

{Sap tube} (Bot.), a vessel that conveys sap. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sap — Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sap ball — Sap Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sap green — Sap Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sap rot — Sap Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sap tube — Sap Sap, n. [AS. s[ae]p; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. {Sapid}, {Sapient}.] 1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sap|suck|er — «SAP SUHK uhr», noun. a small North American woodpecker that feeds on the sap and sapwood of trees. The common or yellow bellied sapsucker drills rows of small holes in trees and eats the inner bark, and later the sap and insects that gather in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sap — [n] stupid person chump, dolt, dupe, fool, idiot, jerk, nitwit, patsy*, pigeon*, simpleton, sucker*, weakling; concept 412 sap [v] squeeze out; weaken attenuate, bleed, blunt, cripple, debilitate, deplete, destroy, devitalize, disable, drain,… …   New thesaurus

  • sap — Synonyms and related words: abate, abri, approach trench, asshole, attenuate, axiom, babe, beverage, blood, blunt, boob, booby, bore, bunker, burrow, center, chump, cinch, communication trench, core, countermine, coupure, cramp, credulous person …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sucker — Synonyms and related words: babe, barnacle, beat, bilk, bine, bloodsucker, boob, bough, branch, branchedness, branchiness, burgeon, butt, chump, cinch, client, cozen, credulous person, cull, customer, deadwood, defraud, diddle, do, dupe, easy… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sap — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. plant juice, lifeblood; vigor, vitality; trench, furrow; slang, fool (see ignorance). See fluidity, intrinsic. v. t. undermine; tunnel; enfeeble, debilitate, devitalize. See concavity, deterioration,… …   English dictionary for students

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