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tupelo

[too-puh-loh, tyoo-] /ˈtu pəˌloʊ, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural tupelos.
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.
Origin of tupelo
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism; perhaps < Creek *’topilwa literally, swamp tree (equivalent to íto tree + opílwa swamp)

Tupelo

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

/ˈtjuːpɪˌləʊ/
noun (pl) -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
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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