The Maple-tree, (from acer;) because of the sharpness of its juice.

The great maple-tree, falsely called sycamore, is the pseudo platanus. Lin. Sp. Plant. 1495. It is also called platanus tragi.

The maple is a large tree, common in England, but a native of Austria and Switzerland.

It is not much in use as a medicine, though its juice, if drunk whilst fresh, is said to be a good antiscorbutic.

All its parts contain a saccharine fluid; and if the root, trunk, or branches, are wounded in the spring, a large quantity of liquor is discharged, which, when inspissated, yields a brown sort of sugar, and a syrup like the molasses. Large quantities of this sugar are obtained from the trees in New England and Canada, and is much used in France, where it is commonly known by the name of saccharum Canadens-e, and naccharum acernum, maple-sugar. It has been supposed that all Europe might be supplied from the maples of America, but the sugar is coarse and ill-tasted.