One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
The timber of an American maple which contains contrasting light and dark lines.
- ‘In maple this is termed tiger maple, or fiddleback, because it is preferred for violin backs.’
- ‘The Sheraton tall-post canopy bed in the guest room is made of tiger maple and dates to about 1805.’
- ‘Some of the logs have less streaks and more ‘pimples’ resulting in a board of tiger maple.’
- ‘A piece could be given an even more costly appearance by using colored tiger maple.’
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