poplar

[ pop-ler ]
/ ˈpɒp lər /

noun

any of the rapidly growing, salicaceous trees of the genus Populus, usually characterized by the columnar or spirelike manner of growth of its branches.
the light, soft wood of any of these trees, used for pulp.
any of various similar trees, as the tulip tree.
the wood of any such tree.

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Origin of poplar

1350–1400; Middle English popler(e), variant of populer, equivalent to Middle English, Old English popul popple2 (< Latin pōpulus poplar) + -er -er2; suffix apparently added on model of Middle French pouplier, equivalent to pouple poplar + -ier -ier2

OTHER WORDS FROM poplar

pop·lared, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH poplar

poplar popular
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British Dictionary definitions for poplar

poplar
/ (ˈpɒplə) /

noun

any tree of the salicaceous genus Populus, of N temperate regions, having triangular leaves, flowers borne in catkins, and light soft woodSee also aspen, balsam poplar, Lombardy poplar, white poplar
any of various trees resembling the true poplars, such as the tulip tree
the wood of any of these trees

Word Origin for poplar

C14: from Old French poplier, from pouple, from Latin pōpulus
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