maple family

noun
a family of trees and shrubs of order Sapindales including the maples
Syn: ↑Aceraceae, ↑family Aceraceae
Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family
Member Holonyms: ↑Sapindales, ↑order Sapindales
Member Meronyms: ↑Acer, ↑genus Acer, ↑Dipteronia, ↑genus Dipteronia

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noun

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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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maple family,
a group of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs with dry, two-winged fruit, found in mountainous, northern countries, and cultivated widely for shade and ornament.

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