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Definition of maple
- a tree or shrub with lobed leaves, winged fruits, and colorful 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), the North American sugar maple (A. saccharum), and the Japanese maple (A. palmatum), which has many cultivars
Old English mapel (as the first element of mapeltrēow, mapulder 'maple tree'); used as an independent word from Middle English onward