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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.

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Origin of tulip tree

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705
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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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