bird's-eye maple
noun Date: 1793 wood of the sugar maple having a wavy grain that causes markings resembling eyes

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  • Bird's-eye 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bird's eye maple — is a specific type of extinction exhibited by micas, especially muscovite under cross polarized light. It gives the mineral a pebbly appearance as it passes into extinction. This is caused when the grinding tools used to create petrographic… …   Wikipedia

  • Bird's-eye maple — Bird s eye ma ple See under {Maple}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird's-eye maple — bird s′ eye ma′ple n. bui fun a cut of sugar maple wood having a wavy grain with many dark, circular markings • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • bird's-eye maple — noun maple wood having a wavy grain with eyelike markings • Hypernyms: ↑maple …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird's-eye maple — a cut of sugar maple wood used esp. for veneers, having a wavy grain with many dark, circular markings. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bird's-eye — a. 1. Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute, or entering into details; as, a bird s eye view. [1913 Webster] 2. Marked with spots resembling bird s eyes; as, bird s eye diaper; bird s eye maple …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird's-eye — /ˈbɜdz aɪ / (say berdz uy) adjective 1. seen from above: a bird s eye look at the new sub division. 2. general; not detailed: a bird s eye history of music. 3. having spots or markings resembling birds eyes: bird s eye maple. –noun 4. a type of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bird's-eyemaple — bird s eye maple n. A form of wood, chiefly of the sugar maple, that is patterned with small rounded figures and is especially popular for making musical instruments. * * * …   Universalium

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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