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.

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

poplared, adjective

poplar, popular.
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poplar (ˈpɒplə)
1.  aspen balsam poplar Lombardy poplar See also white poplar any tree of the salicaceous genus Populus, of N temperate regions, having triangular leaves, flowers borne in catkins, and light soft wood
2.  any of various trees resembling the true poplars, such as the tulip tree
3.  the wood of any of these trees
[C14: from Old French poplier, from pouple, from Latin pōpulus]

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Word Origin & History

1356, from Anglo-Norm. popler, from O.Fr. poplier (13c., Fr. peulplier), from L. populus "poplar" (with a long "o;" not the same word that produced popular). Perhaps related to Gk. pelea "elm." It. pioppo, Sp. chopo, Ger. pappel, O.C.S. topoli all are from L.
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Computing Dictionary

Poplar definition

Morris, 1978. A blend of LISP with SNOBOL4 pattern matching and APL-like postfix syntax. Implicit iteration over lists, sorting primitive. "Experience with an Applicative String-Processing Language", J.H. Morris et al, 7th POPL, ACM 1980, pp.32-46.

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Bible Dictionary

Poplar definition

Heb. libneh, "white", (Gen. 30:37; Hos. 4:13), in all probability the storax tree (Styrax officinalis) or white poplar, distinguished by its white blossoms and pale leaves. It is common in the Anti-Libanus. Other species of the poplar are found in Palestine, such as the white poplar (P. alba) of our own country, the black poplar (P. nigra), and the aspen (P. tremula). (See WILLOW.)

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Example sentences
She had swallowed as many as she could, she said, stroking the cracked trunk of the poplar tree.
Some years ago there was discussion of converting poplar wood to methanol.
In the near distance blackjack oak, poplar, and pine fill the hillside woods.
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