white poplar

noun

1
a
: 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)

Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of white poplar was in 1542

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“White poplar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20poplar. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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