- 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
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Examples from the Web for sugar maple
She died along in March, and I buried her under the sugar-maple side of the barn.Peak and Prairie
Near the edge of the woods he passed under a sugar-maple tree.Wild Folk
Nothing was heard for some moments but cries of joy, mingled with the words ‘sugar’ and ‘sugar-maple.’The Desert Home
In a land of the beech and sugar-maple I do not find the same songsters that I know where thrive the oak, chestnut, and laurel.
A few days since I climbed up to the nest of the downy woodpecker, in the decayed top of a sugar-maple.
- 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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