sugar maple

  1. any of several maples having a sweet sap, especially Acer saccharum (the state tree of New York, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin), having a short trunk and long, curving branches, yielding a hard wood used for making furniture and being the chief source of maple sugar.

Origin of sugar maple

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35

Other words from sugar maple

  • sugar-maple, adjective

Words Nearby sugar maple Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sugar maple in a sentence

  • The occurrence of the sugar maple adds another element of Indian subsistence.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • At last the trail lay over a slope overlooking a little cove, where there stood a large sugar-maple.

  • Our sugar maple is less striking and beautiful in the bud, but the flowers are more graceful and fringelike.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • Frank and his brother had both heard of the famous sugar-maple, though neither of them had ever seen it.

    The Desert Home | Mayne Reid
  • Nothing was heard for some moments but cries of joy, mingled with the words ‘sugar’ and ‘sugar-maple.’

    The Desert Home | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for sugar maple

sugar maple

  1. a North American maple tree, Acer saccharum, that is grown as a source of sugar, which is extracted from the sap, and for its hard wood

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