Definition of bird's-eye maple in English:

bird's-eye maple


mass noun
  • The timber of an American maple which contains eye-like markings, used in decorative woodwork.

    • ‘He once confessed to owning the prized possessions of a superb board of bird's-eye maple and Moluccan ebony, edged in sycamore, an 1871 boxwood and ebony Staunton set, plus a chess clock by Grant's of Stamford.’
    • ‘Birds-eye maple is an expensive and sought-after wood, and its decorative swirls and hardness make it perfect for these decorative and useful boards.’
    • ‘What causes the unique patterns in bird's eye maple lumber?’
    • ‘This dresser's birds-eye maple veneer and solid maple structure give it a "stately" appearance.’
    • ‘Birds-eye maple is a genetic freak of Northern hard maple("rock" maple) that occurs in about one of every 500 trees.’