poplar

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noun pop·lar \ˈpä-plər\

Definition of poplar

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

  2. 2 :  tulip tree 1

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Origin and Etymology of poplar

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


Poplar

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geographical name Pop·lar \ˈpä-plər\

Definition of Poplar

  1. 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


POPLAR Defined for English Language Learners

poplar

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Definition of poplar for English Language Learners

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


POPLAR Defined for Kids

poplar

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noun pop·lar \ˈpä-plər\

Definition of poplar for Students

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


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