tulip tree

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tule,
  2. tule fog,
  3. tule perch,
  4. tulip,
  5. tulip chair,
  6. tulipomania,
  7. tulipwood,
  8. tull,
  9. tullahoma,
  10. tullamore

Origin of tulip tree

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705

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British Dictionary definitions for tulip tree

tulip tree

noun

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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