Definition of maple in English:

maple

noun

  • A tree or shrub with lobed leaves, winged fruits, and colourful autumn foliage, grown as an ornamental or for its timber or syrupy sap.

    Genus Acer, family Aceraceae: many species, including the common European field maple (A. campestre) and the North American sugar maple (A. saccharum)

    • ‘The eggs were not laid until the last week of April, as the weather warmed up, serviceberry bloomed, and maples, poplars, birches, and beeches were leafing out.’
    • ‘I was blown away - masses of dogwoods with striking blood red stems jostled with white-barked birch trees, snakeskin maples and much more.’
    • ‘The answer lies in the tremendous diversity of deciduous trees: maples, oaks, sumacs and beech each impart their own range of colours to the overall palette.’
    • ‘The gardens have very successfully combined Japanese species such as azaleas, maples and cherry trees with native plants such as Canadian maples and red cedars.’
    • ‘The beetles' affinity for certain trees, like maples, poplars, willows, and elms, is significant because such attractive species may be used as sentinel trees.’
    • ‘Sugar maples, red maples, dogwood, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood can be brilliant red or yellow.’
    • ‘If he finds these big structures, he probably has a broad-leaf tree such as a maple or oak instead of a pine or other conifer.’
    • ‘In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.’
    • ‘The hillsides are covered with maples and other foliage.’
    • ‘There was a chill in the air with winds from the not-so-distant fog harassing the prematurely yellowed leaves of maples.’
    • ‘Although set in 24 acres of land, extra measures have been taken to plant more oaks, sycamores, maples and horse chestnut trees to provide increased privacy.’
    • ‘Among the others are tanoaks, California black oaks, Shreve's oaks, madrones, rhododendrons, manzanita, big leaf maples and bay laurels.’
    • ‘Laurel oaks, maples, pecans and sweetgum trees don't do as well.’
    • ‘Although Acer palmatum is the classic Japanese maple there are other maples from Japan with a similar degree of elegance.’
    • ‘Some deciduous trees, such as many maples and oaks, can be pruned to allow more light to reach the ground.’
    • ‘In the native forests of the Oregon Cascades hemlocks, cedars, maples, many fir and pine species, and others are intermingled among the dominant Douglas fir.’
    • ‘At the end of the road, the view of nature is replaced by rows of small villas surrounded by colourful chrysanthemums and dark-red maples.’
    • ‘Inside the rotunda are flowers, ivy and a single Japanese maple tree that provides shade for the graves.’
    • ‘The garden includes ferns, hydrangeas, irises, waterlilies, camellias, rhododendrons, Japanese maples and fuchsias.’
    • ‘It wasn't so much different from Utah, but for the fact that this had more maples and oaks than pine trees, and that it was absolutely flat.’

Origin

Old English mapel (as the first element of mapeltrēow, mapulder ‘maple tree’); used as an independent word from Middle English.

Pronunciation

maple

/ˈmeɪp(ə)l/