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vine maple

a maple, Acer circinatum, of the western coast of North America, often having vinelike or prostrate stems that form dense thickets.
Origin of vine maple
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The vine maple reminds one of the lianas of tropical woods, for it has not sufficient stiffness to stand erect.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • vine maple (Acer circinatum) is sometimes called mountain maple, though the name is misleading.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • When I went into the woods of Oregon, I found the vine maple trees, which seems not to have sufficient backbone to stand upright.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • From the deerskin he cut a quantity of fine strips and bent into oval shape two tough sticks of vine maple.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair

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