Origin of tulip tree
An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for tulip tree
The logs of which it was formed were all of the tulip-tree, and were nicely pared.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2
Maria R. Audubon
The oak of England and the pine of Norway are not more typical than the tulip-tree.
I have been surprised to find so little about the tulip-tree in our literature.
The Indians knew the value of the tulip-tree as well as its beauty.
Before I rode off, I dug up some roots of the tulip-tree and chewed them, swallowing the juice, till I reached camp.The Backwoodsman
- 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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