Meaning of maple family

ma'ple fam"ily

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the plant family Aceraceae, typified by trees and shrubs having sweet sap, simple opposite leaves usually lobed or toothed, clusters of small flowers, and fruit in the form of a double-winged nutlet, and including maples and the box elder.
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