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poplar Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun soft light-colored non-durable wood of the poplar
  2. noun any of numerous trees of north temperate regions having light soft wood and flowers borne in catkins
    poplar tree.
WordNet

Pop"lar noun
Etymology
OE. popler, OF. poplier, F. peuplier, fr. L. populus poplar.
Definitions
(Bot.)
  1. Any tree of the genus Populus; also, the timber, which is soft, and capable of many uses. ✍ The aspen poplar is Populus tremula and P. tremuloides; Balsam poplar is P. balsamifera; Lombardy poplar (P. dilatata) is a tall, spiry tree; white poplar is Populus alba.
  2. The timber of the tulip tree; -- called also white poplar. U.S.

Webster 1913


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