from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several North American poplar trees, especially Populus deltoides, which has triangular leaves and a tuft of cottony hairs on the seeds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A number of species of tree in the genus Populus (poplars), typically growing along watercourses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American tree of the genus Populus or poplar, having the seeds covered with abundant cottonlike hairs; esp., the Populus monilifera and Populus angustifolia of the Western United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of several species of the genus Populus the United States, from the light cottony tuft at the base of the numerous small seeds.
- n. In Australia, a tree of the aster family, Bedfordia salicina: so called from the cottony under-surface of the leaves, or its hard, brownish, mottled wood. Called dogwood and honeywood in Tasmania.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several North American trees of the genus Populus having a tuft of cottony hairs on the seed
- n. American basswood of the Allegheny region
cotton + wood (Wiktionary)