tulip poplar

tulip tree

noun
1.
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.

Origin:
1695–1705, Americanism

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tulip tree
 
n
1.  tulip poplar, Also called: yellow poplar a North American magnoliaceous forest tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, having tulip-shaped greenish-yellow flowers and long conelike fruits
2.  a similar and related Chinese tree, L. chinense
3.  any of various other trees with tulip-shaped flowers, such as the magnolia

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