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tupelo

[too-puh-loh, tyoo-]
noun, plural tu·pe·los.
  1. any of several trees of the genus Nyssa, having ovate leaves, clusters of minute flowers, and purple, berrylike fruit, especially N. aquatica, of swampy regions of the eastern, southern, and midwestern U.S.
  2. the soft, light wood of these trees.
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Origin of tupelo

1720–30, Americanism; perhaps < Creek *’topilwa literally, swamp tree (equivalent to íto tree + opílwa swamp)

Tupelo

[too-puh-loh, tyoo-]
noun
  1. a city in NE Mississippi.
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tupelo

noun plural -los
  1. any of several cornaceous trees of the genus Nyssa, esp N. aquatica, a large tree of deep swamps and rivers of the southern US
  2. the light strong wood of any of these trees
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Word Origin

C18: from Creek ito opilwa, from ito tree + opilwa swamp
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Word Origin and History for tupelo

n.

black gum tree, 1730, apparently from Cree (Algonquian) ito opilwa "swamp tree."

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