sugar maple
Maple Ma"ple (m[=a]"p'l), n. [AS. mapolder, mapulder, mapol; akin to Icel. m["o]purr; cf. OHG. mazzaltra, mazzoltra, G. massholder.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus {Acer}, including about fifty species. {Acer saccharinum} is the {rock maple}, or {sugar maple}, from the sap of which sugar is made, in the United States, in great quantities, by evaporation; the {red maple} or {swamp maple} is {Acer rubrum}; the {silver maple}, {Acer dasycarpum}, having fruit wooly when young; the {striped maple}, {Acer Pennsylvanium}, called also {moosewood}. The common maple of Europe is {Acer campestre}, the {sycamore maple} is {Acer Pseudo-platanus}, and the {Norway maple} is {Acer platanoides}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Maple is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, maple tree, maple leaf, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Bird's-eye maple}, {Curled maple}, varieties of the wood of the rock maple, in which a beautiful lustrous grain is produced by the sinuous course of the fibers.

{Maple honey}, {Maple molasses}, {Maple syrup}, or {Maple sirup}, maple sap boiled to the consistency of molasses.

{Maple sugar}, sugar obtained from the sap of the sugar maple by evaporation. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sugar maple — Sugar Sug ar, n. [OE. sugre, F. sucre (cf. It. zucchero, Sp. az[ u]car), fr. Ar. sukkar, assukkar, fr. Skr. [,c]arkar[=a] sugar, gravel; cf. Per. shakar. Cf. {Saccharine}, {Sucrose}.] 1. A sweet white (or brownish yellow) crystalline substance,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sugar maple — sugar maple, adj. any of several maples having a sweet sap, esp. 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… …   Universalium

  • sugar maple — ☆ sugar maple n. an E North American maple (Acer saccharum), valued for its hard wood and for its sap, which yields maple syrup and maple sugar …   English World dictionary

  • sugar maple — noun Date: 1731 1. a maple (Acer saccharum) of eastern North America with 3 to 5 lobed leaves, hard close grained wood much used for cabinetwork, and sap that is the chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar called also rock maple, hard maple 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sugar maple — cukrinis klevas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Klevinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, pluoštinis, medieninis augalas (Acer saccharum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo sulos gaunamas cukrus, gaminamas sirupas. atitikmenys: lot. Acer rugelii; Acer …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sugar maple — noun maple of eastern and central North America having three lobed to five lobed leaves and hard close grained wood much used for cabinet work especially the curly grained form; sap is chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar; many subspecies… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sugar maple — noun A North American hardwood, Acer saccharum, famed as the source of maple sugar and maple flavoring. Syn: hard maple, rock maple …   Wiktionary

  • sugar maple — noun a North American maple, the sap of which is used to make maple sugar and maple syrup. [Acer saccharum.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sugar maple — sug′ar ma ple n. pln any of several maples having a sweet sap, esp. Acer saccharum, yielding a valuable hard wood and being the chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar • Etymology: 1725–35, amer. sug′ar ma ple, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • sugar-maple — n. Rock maple, sugar tree (Acer saccharinum) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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