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tulip tree

Also called tulip poplar, yellow poplar. a tall tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, of the magnolia family, native to the eastern U.S., having large, cup-shaped, green and orange flowers: the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Origin of tulip tree
An Americanism dating back to 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • True to her word, Aunt Molly had him laid under the tulip tree.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • The tulip tree there has reached a height of 105 feet, with a girth of 17 feet.

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook Herbert Maxwell
  • The trees in the park are all full of flowers, like the tulip tree and the chestnut in bloom.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
  • The tulip tree is a cousin, rather than a sister, to the foregoing magnolias.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Rays all fine but somewhat less distinct than in tulip tree.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • The flowers of trees give names to tulip tree, silver-bell tree, and fringe tree.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • In Europe the tulip tree has been a favorite since its discovery and exportation by the American colonists.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The wood used in the brick and frame houses here is of the tulip tree, which is abundant, worked easily, and lasts long.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • "Bury me under the tulip tree on top of the hill overlooking the Rivanna," begged one of the sick British officers.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • Ten of these men were suspended upon a tulip tree, which is yet standing—a venerable giant of the forest.

British Dictionary definitions for tulip tree

tulip tree

Also called tulip poplar, yellow poplar. a North American magnoliaceous forest tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, having tulip-shaped greenish-yellow flowers and long conelike fruits
a similar and related Chinese tree, L. chinense
any of various other trees with tulip-shaped flowers, such as the magnolia
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