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 familyb : the wood of a poplar
2 : tulip tree 1
Recent Examples of poplar from the Web
TruBee features honey (6 oz.) produced by free-range bees who forage for tulip poplar, fruit blossoms, and black locust in the spring.
Use a miter saw to cut two 9-inch lengths and two 2-inch lengths from the poplar. 2.
Philip Samuel Cole Jr. is buried next to his parents and his baby brother, three flat stones embedded under all that oak and poplar.
The scene resembled a parade route with people facing outward, at the thicket of tulip poplars, hemlocks, red oaks and maple trees.
Now someone is slamming a grocery basket upside down, releasing a bunch of live frogs; now a young woman is encircled by a grove of dead poplars; now snow leopards are descending upon the market in Pebble Town from Snow Mountain.
Sawara cypress, yellow poplar, canoe birch, magnolia, honey locust, Chinese lacquer tree and so many more.
Expect to see a lot of pine, oak, mahogany, walnut, and poplar crafted in his patchwork-style furniture.
The nest at the Arboretum, situated high in a tulip poplar in the Azalea Collection, offers easy fishing access in the nearby river.
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Origin and Etymology of poplar
Middle English popler, from Anglo-French, from Old French *pople poplar, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
POPLAR Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of poplar for Students
: a tree that has rough bark and a white substance resembling cotton around its seeds
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