tupelo

noun
tu·​pe·​lo | \ ˈtü-pə-ˌlō How to pronounce tupelo (audio) , ˈtyü- \
plural tupelos

Definition of tupelo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Tupelo

geographical name
Tu·​pe·​lo | \ ˈtü-pə-ˌlō How to pronounce Tupelo (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of Tupelo (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern Mississippi population 34,546

Note: Singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935.

Examples of tupelo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Snyder noted that trees planted so far include dawn redwood, sugar maple, horse chestnut, redbud, crabapple and tupelo. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Work on Rocky River’s new police station progressing; trees will be abundant," 25 May 2020 Read more: Wait, what are these Kentucky-type plants doing in this Florida cypress tupelo swamp? Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's a reason there are so many types of plants. And it's all connected to ecology," 6 Mar. 2020 Native cypress and tupelo trees that once covered vast acreages across the Southeast, that can grow in most of the eastern half of North America — here’s a natural remnant right here in the middle of my race. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Wait, what are these Kentucky-type plants doing in this Florida cypress tupelo swamp?," 14 Feb. 2020 Wait, what are these Kentucky-type plants doing in this Florida cypress tupelo swamp? Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "River Road in downtown Louisville is closed as the Ohio River rises," 14 Feb. 2020 And God was not waiting for artists among tupelo gum trees or brackish marsh or duckweed. Zachary Fine, The New York Review of Books, "Swampland Sublime: The Landscapes of Louisiana," 8 Feb. 2020 Westervelt estimated not quite 1 million pounds (0.45 million kilograms) of tupelo honey were produced last year, selling for about $6 and up per pound. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018 Although Florida also produces honey from orange blossoms, gallberries and wildflowers, the honey from white tupelo gum trees ranks highest in price and flavor. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018 There are no cypress-tupelo swamp mitigation banks available to offset the functions that would be damaged by the pipeline construction. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline asks appeals court to lift halt on construction," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tupelo

Noun

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tupelo

Noun

perhaps from Creek *topiló, from etó tree + piló:(fa), opiló:(fa) swamp

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“Tupelo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tupelo. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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