Definition of tupelo
1 : any of a genus (Nyssa of the family Nyssaceae) of North American and Asian deciduous trees that have simple alternate leaves, small usually greenish-white dioecious flowers, and a rounded drupe; especially : black gum
2 : the pale soft wood of a tupelo
Origin and Etymology of tupelo
perhaps from Creek *topiló, from etó tree + piló:(fa), opiló:(fa) swamp
First Known Use: circa 1730See Words from the same year
Definition of Tupelo
city in northeastern Mississippi population 34,546 ◆Singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935.
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