tupelo

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noun tu·pe·lo \ˈtü-pə-ˌlō, ˈtyü-\

Definition of tupelo

plural

tupelos

  1. 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. 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 1730


Tupelo

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geographical name Tu·pe·lo \ˈtü-pə-ˌlō, ˈtyü-\

Definition of Tupelo

  1. city in northeastern Mississippi population 34,546 Singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935.


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