tulip tree

noun

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

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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 Outside lies Frogmore’s vast garden, which is filled with lakes, and bridges, as well as over 4,000 trees and shrubs, including tulip trees and redwoods. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Rich History of Frogmore, the Location for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Reception," 22 Mar. 2018 And in July, the queen of the garden — the African tulip tree — opens its fantastic fiery-red flowers. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spanish revival fixer-upper now rocks the neighborhood," 21 Sep. 2017 It's been nearly 115 years since a stand of stately tulip trees was planted to grace the lovely walkway and lawns leading to the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library in the Bronx. Brian E. Clark, latimes.com, "Is the Bronx another Brooklyn in the making? No jeers, just cheers for this urban revival," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tulip tree

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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