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[too-puh-loh, tyoo-] /ˈtu pəˌloʊ, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural tupelos.
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.
the soft, light wood of these trees.
1720-30, Americanism; perhaps < Creek *’topilwa literally, swamp tree (equivalent to íto tree + opílwa swamp)


[too-puh-loh, tyoo-] /ˈtu pəˌloʊ, ˈtyu-/
a city in NE Mississippi. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tupelo


noun (pl) -los
any of several cornaceous trees of the genus Nyssa, esp N. aquatica, a large tree of deep swamps and rivers of the southern US
the light strong wood of any of these trees
Word Origin
C18: from Creek ito opilwa, from ito tree + opilwa swamp
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Word Origin and History for tupelo

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

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city, seat (1867) of Lee county, northeastern Mississippi, U.S., located 62 miles (100 km) northeast of Columbus. It is the headquarters and focal point of the Natchez Trace Parkway. In 1859 the original settlement of Harrisburg was moved 2 miles (3 km) east to the Mobile and Ohio Railroad line. The new community, Gum Pond, was later renamed Tupelo for the local tupelo trees that supplied construction timber. It developed as a processing and shipping centre for cotton and dairy produce; it is now a distribution and manufacturing centre producing furniture and tires. The city has branch campuses of the University of Mississippi and Itawamba Community College

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