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balsam poplar

a North American tree, Populus balsamifera, having sticky, resinous buds and shiny ovate leaves.
Also called hackmatack, tacamahac.
Origin of balsam poplar
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera).

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • The camp had been placed under a beautiful tree—the tacamahac, or balsam poplar.

  • They are feeding upon the buds of the balsam poplar; are very fat, and excellent eating.

  • balsam poplar is found along some of the stream banks and is the largest deciduous tree of the park.

    Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park United States Dept. of the Interior
  • In the balsam poplar the buds are large, sharp-pointed, and gummy; in the Ailanthus they cannot be seen.

  • Nearly a world tree is this poplar, which in some one of its variable forms is called also tacamahac, and balsam poplar as well.

    Getting Acquainted with the Trees J. Horace McFarland
  • The balsam poplar has a large bud thickly covered with a sticky, pungent, gelatinous substance.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
British Dictionary definitions for balsam poplar

balsam poplar

a poplar tree, Populus balsamifera, of NE North America, having resinous buds and broad heart-shaped leaves See also tacamahac
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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