balsam poplar


Definition of balsam poplar

: a North American poplar (Populus balsamifera) that is often cultivated as a shade tree and has buds thickly coated with an aromatic resin

called also balm of Gilead, tacamahac

Examples of balsam poplar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just beneath the owl box, hung 20 feet up the stem of a balsam poplar, the backyard barbecue continued late into the evening. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of balsam poplar

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Balsam poplar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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