poplar

noun
pop·​lar | \ ˈpä-plər How to pronounce poplar (audio) \

Definition of poplar

1a : any of a genus (Populus) of slender catkin-bearing quick-growing deciduous trees (such as an aspen or cottonwood) of the willow family
b : the wood of a poplar

Examples of poplar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arched doorways of maple and poplar in the north addition of the St. George Utah Temple replicate original millwork in the historic temple. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Truffles are a type of subterranean fungus typically found among the roots of specific varieties of trees, including oak, hazelnut, beech, fir, pine and poplar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 Truffles are a type of subterranean fungus typically found among the roots of specific varieties of trees, including oak, hazelnut, beech, fir, pine and poplar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 The poplar, which had a circumference of around 157 inches and may have been more than 100 years old, would not easily be replaced even by 100 theoretical trees, Eutsler said. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Truffles are a type of subterranean fungus typically found among the roots of specific varieties of trees, including oak, hazelnut, beech, fir, pine and poplar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 Truffles are a type of subterranean fungus typically found among the roots of specific varieties of trees, including oak, hazelnut, beech, fir, pine and poplar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 Truffles are a type of subterranean fungus typically found among the roots of specific varieties of trees, including oak, hazelnut, beech, fir, pine and poplar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 Praise the infinite, nameless tellers of tales swaying from the poplar’s limbs. Michael Palmer, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of poplar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for poplar

Middle English popler, from Anglo-French, from Old French *pople poplar, from Latin populus

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“Poplar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poplar. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for poplar

poplar

noun
pop·​lar | \ ˈpä-plər How to pronounce poplar (audio) \

Kids Definition of poplar

: a tree that has rough bark and a white substance resembling cotton around its seeds

Poplar geographical name

Pop·​lar | \ ˈpä-plər How to pronounce Poplar (audio) \

Definition of Poplar

former metropolitan borough of eastern London, England, on the northern bank of the Thames River that is now part of the borough of Tower Hamlets

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