white poplar

noun

Definition of white poplar 

1a : a Eurasian poplar (Populus alba) that is widely cultivated and naturalized in the U.S. and has whitish bark and leaves with a white-tomentose lower surface

b : an aspen (Populus tremuloides) of the U.S. with small leaves and long petioles

2 : the wood of a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

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First Known Use of white poplar

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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