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Definition of poplar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of Poplar (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of poplar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Take walks along country roads lined with color-popping poplar, willow and oak trees. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "It’s autumn! California’s fall color spots are starting to pop," 23 Sep. 2019 For a light wood option, substitute birch plywood and edge tape for all of the plywood parts, and replace oak with maple or poplar. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Platform Bed Frame," 30 Aug. 2019 Additionally, the show examines the artist’s shift to painting multiple images of the same subject, including haystacks, poplars, Waterloo Bridge, and his iconic water lilies. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 20 Aug. 2019 The lovely Arcadia region, lush with cypress, poplar, and olive groves, bears traces of the virgin wilderness where nymphs, naiads, and the horned god Pan once frolicked. Thomas Linkel, National Geographic, "How to get away from it all in Greece," 18 July 2019 Small balls of gray catkin fluff blew on the wind, seedpods from poplars, which bloom all over Warsaw in the spring. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 Crawfish Valley spread out below him, dense stands of poplars, oaks, white pines, and rhododendron thickets, the nearest overgrown service road miles away. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 My day of magic arrived on a bright autumn morning, when the poplar trees swayed against a golden city. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 2019 His exquisitely modulated, serial views of haystacks, cathedral façades and rows of poplars in changing light, conjured up by stabs and strokes of subtly varied hues, are paradigms of 19th-century modernism. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Monet: The Late Years’ Review: Radiant Inspiration to the Very End," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Poplar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poplar. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of poplar

: a tall, thin tree that has rough bark, soft wood, and very small groups of flowers


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Kids Definition of poplar

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

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