From Old English mapultrēow and mapulder, from Proto-Germanic *mapulaz (compare Old Saxon mapulder, Old High German mazaltra, mazzaltra; Old Norse möpurr, Middle Low German mapeldorn, dialectal Dutch meppel, German Masseller, Maßholder), perhaps a blend of *masuraz 'knob; maple-tree' (compare Old Norse mösurr 'maple', Low German/German Maser (“knob, offshoot”) and *apulaz (“apple”) (see apple), from *masam 'lump, knob' (compare obsolete German Mase (“scar”), modern Maser (“speck, measle”). More at measles.
maple (plural maples)
- A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds.
- The wood of such a tree, prized for its hardness and attractive appearance