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popple1

[pop-uh l] /ˈpɒp əl/
verb (used without object), poppled, poppling.
1.
to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water.
noun
2.
a poppling motion.
Origin of popple1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English poplen; imitative; see -le

popple2

[pop-uh l] /ˈpɒp əl/
noun, Northern U.S.
1.
a poplar of the genus Populus.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English popul < Latin pōpulus
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  • The remains of the forest, overgrown with scrub oak and popple thickets pushed down to the right of way.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • The others droned on with their subdued mumble about saw-logs, sleeper contracts, and “popple” peeling.

  • I was working in my field, throwing out manure, when I saw the prisoner come out of the popple thicket on Pritchard's place.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • It touched my heart and I lay listening for a time but heard only the loud whisper of the popple leaves.

    The Light in the Clearing Irving Bacheller
  • We laughed, for we knew that the “popple” was a regular slow coach, as ugly as she was slow.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had lost track of his victim in the popple thicket, but had come across Kincaid's cap, which he had appropriated.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • We had been giving the ladies a pull about the harbour, and were passing the “popple,” when her owner made his appearance on deck.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • For otter set, the trap pole is made in the same way, but instead of popple or birch, a small fish is used for bait.

    Steel Traps A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Still they continued running up and down the bunting on board the “popple.”

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for popple

popple

/ˈpɒpəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of boiling water or a choppy sea) to heave or toss; bubble
2.
(often foll by along) (of a stream or river) to move with an irregular tumbling motion: the small rivulet poppled along over rocks and stones for half a mile
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin; compare Middle Dutch popelen to bubble, throb
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