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maple

[ mey-puhl ]
/ ˈmeɪ pəl /
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noun

any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer, species of which are grown as shade or ornamental trees, for timber, or for sap.Compare maple family.
the wood of any such tree.
the flavor of maple syrup or maple sugar.
Bowling Slang. pin (def. 12).

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Origin of maple

before 900; Middle English mapel,Old English mapul-, in mapultrēow, mapulder maple tree, cognate with Old Saxon mapulder
ma·ple·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for maple

maple
/ (ˈmeɪpəl) /

noun

any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Acer, having winged seeds borne in pairs and lobed leaves: family Aceraceae
the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees, used for furniture and flooring
the flavour of the sap of the sugar maple
C14: from Old English mapel-, as in mapeltrēow maple tree
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