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

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 The familiar holiday species often infest stately trees such as oaks or poplar: In winter, when these trees are leafless, the parasites’ green, Truffula-like clumps are easy to spot dotting their host tree’s branches. Rachel Ehrenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Biology of Mistletoe," 23 Dec. 2020 Get the 23-piece official tournament version of the game, made with splinter-resistant poplar and manufactured in the St. Louis Park garage of Jason Larson, owner of JP’s Backyard Games. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 Their version features a slice of a Minnesota poplar, oak or cottonwood trunk printed with the state map and packaged in a wooden briefcase with a little hammer and 100 nails. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 Prosek said Hill-Stead is not a lending institution, so artist Fritz Horstman was commissioned to create a sculpture out of poplar inspired by the museum. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "CT Art Trail celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit at Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford," 16 Oct. 2020 For a similar table, try Ethan Allen’s Dynasty Rectangular Coffee Table, in poplar with a cherry veneer. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "How to Create a Cozy, Classic American Living Room," 25 Sep. 2020 And here’s just a partial list of trees spotted lanternfly might feed upon: almonds, apples, apricots, cherries, maple, oak, pine, nectarines, peaches, plums, poplar, sycamore, walnut, willow, and on and on and on. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 The researchers focused on crops like switchgrass and sugarcane or woody plants like fast-growing poplar and assumed that any carbon in vegetation present on land converted to this use was lost at the start (burned, for example). Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "CO₂ removal to halt warming soon would be a gargantuan undertaking," 27 Aug. 2020 Before planting the poplars, Intrinsyx inoculate the poplar cuttings with high concentrations of a microbe called PDN3. Wudan Yan, New York Times, "Superfund, Meet Super Plants," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Poplar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poplar. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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