tulip tree


Definition of tulip tree

1 : a tall North American timber tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) of the magnolia family having large greenish-yellow tulip-shaped flowers and soft white wood used especially for cabinetwork and woodenware

called also tulip poplar, yellow poplar

2 : any of various trees other than the tulip tree with tulip-shaped flowers

Examples of tulip tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plants from North America were imported to fill out the lush garden, including Marie Antoinette’s favorite, the Virginia tulip tree. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Marie Antoinette's Private Garden at Versailles Is Being Restored to Its Former Glory," 21 Apr. 2020 The team was able to develop long-lasting modern analogues for three scent stations dedicated to Cretaceous plants, including cypress resin, ginger root and tulip trees. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Smell a T. Rex’s Stinky Breath at Chicago’s Field Museum," 17 Oct. 2019 Then small armies of volunteers would descend on the site in southeastern Kentucky and plant tulip trees, oaks, pines and chestnuts. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 Amid towering columns of 150-year-old tulip trees and oaks, the woodland floor launches the growing season with tens of thousands of flowering bulbs first planted a century ago by du Pont and since increased by self-seeding. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "An unsettlingly warm winter unlocks flowering treasures," 19 Feb. 2020 That included broad-leaved trees that were likely similar to cypresses, redwoods, and tulip trees. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Smell a T. Rex’s Stinky Breath at Chicago’s Field Museum," 17 Oct. 2019 Hickories, elms, birches, and tulip trees tend to be more on the yellow side. BostonGlobe.com, "It happens every year: The green leaves of spring and summer lose their chlorophyll and voila, the colors of autumn are born.," 4 Oct. 2019 An outdoor amphitheater, framed by tulip trees and white oaks, plays host to the commencement every year, and more and more buildings’ roofs are being transformed into gardens. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America," 6 Aug. 2018 The group planted a tulip tree near the Phillips Park Visitors Center as well. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora groups band together for Earth Day cleanup," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tulip tree

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tulip tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tulip%20tree. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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