1. Any of various chiefly deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer of the Northern Hemisphere, having opposite, usually palmate leaves and fruits consisting of paired seeds attached to long wings.
2. The wood of any of these trees, especially the hard, close-grained wood of the sugar maple, often used for furniture and flooring.
3. The flavor of the concentrated sap of the sugar maple.
[Middle English, from Old English mapul- (as in mapultrēo, maple tree).]
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