balsam poplar

noun

: 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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Canada, its key species is the balsam poplar, or cottonwood. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 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, 30 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balsam poplar was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Balsam poplar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balsam%20poplar. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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