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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See white poplar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The white poplar (Populus alba).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The white poplar, Populus alba: so called from the white color of its twigs and leaves. See poplar. Also called abel-tree, and sometimes abbey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces

Etymologies

Dutch abeel, from Old French aubel, from Medieval Latin albellus, diminutive of Latin albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch abeel, from Middle Dutch, from Norman abiel, from a diminutive of Latin albus ("white"). (Wiktionary)

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