pop·lar | \ˈpä-plər \

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


geographical name
Pop·lar | \ˈpä-plər \

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

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One of Doty's students collected the microbe, an Enterobacter strain dubbed PDN3, from a Wisconsin poplar cutting. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Treating Toxins with Tree Microbes," 1 Nov. 2017 The poplar had been planted 35 years earlier, during the Japanese occupation of Korea, John Saar reported for The Washington Post. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "At Korean summit in DMZ, ‘deranged’ ax murders still cast a shadow," 26 Apr. 2018 This fungal disease attacks poplars, spruces, and stone fruits. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 We were flanked by endless orange fields on the way to Bakersfield, followed by poplars and palms, this after the already powerful mix of sequoias. Blake Snow, latimes.com, "A SloCal road trip gives you a geographic, climatological super sampler," 20 May 2018 Fall in the Yukon means daylight is growing precious, the poplars are turning yellow, and Richard Daigle is boarding a GroundTruth helicopter to the placer leases Ryan’s crew staked one year earlier. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 In earlier research, Sharon Doty, a plant microbiologist at the University of Washington, and her colleagues had genetically modified a poplar to cope with high TCE levels. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Treating Toxins with Tree Microbes," 1 Nov. 2017 Some of them include: glossy abelia, beauty berries, hydrangeas, Bradford and Callory pears, crabapples, poplar, spruce, junipers, sumacs, cherries, and plums. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Trees In The Fall," 15 Sep. 2017 Expect to see a lot of pine, oak, mahogany, walnut, and poplar crafted in his patchwork-style furniture. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Clint and Kelly Harp's New Television Show Debuts This Week," 6 Mar. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of poplar

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


pop·lar | \ˈpä-plər \

Kids Definition of poplar

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

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