From Previous English *mapul (attested in mapultrēow and mapulder), from Proto-Germanic *mapulaz (evaluate Previous Saxon mapulder, Previous Excessive German mazaltra, mazzaltra; Previous Norse mǫpurr, Center Low German mapeldorn, dialectal Dutch meppel, German Masseller, Maßholder), maybe a mix of *masuraz (“knob; maple-tree”) (evaluate Previous English mæsen (“maple”), Previous Norse mǫsurr (“maple”), German Maser (“knob, offshoot”)) and *aplaz (“apple”) (see apple), from *masą (“lump, knob”) (evaluate out of date German Mase (“scar”), fashionable Maser (“speck, measle”). Extra at measles.
maple (countable and uncountable, plural maples)
- A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its often palmate leaves and winged seeds.
- The wooden of such a tree, prized for its hardness and enticing look
tree of the Acer genus
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- ^ Friedrich Kluge, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, s.v. “Maser” (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2002).
- ^ Francis A. Wooden, “Germanic Etymologies”, Fashionable Philology (College of Chicago Press, January 1914), 1.