sugar maple



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
Related formssug·ar-ma·ple, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sugar maple

Historical Examples of sugar maple

  • She died along in March, and I buried her under the sugar-maple side of the barn.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • Near the edge of the woods he passed under a sugar-maple tree.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville

  • Nothing was heard for some moments but cries of joy, mingled with the words ‘sugar’ and ‘sugar-maple.’

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • 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.


    John Burroughs

  • A few days since I climbed up to the nest of the downy woodpecker, in the decayed top of a sugar-maple.


    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for sugar maple

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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