Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of North American trees, consisting of a single species, belonging to the order Magnoliaceæ, tribe Magnolieæ, characterized by extrorse anthers and a sessile gynophore; the tulip-trees. The carpels have two ovules, and the fruits are like samaras. The tree often attains a height of over 100 feet, has a close bark, large fourlobed leaves, and solitary terminal greenish - yellow flowers, shaped somewhat like a tulip and consisting of three sepals and six petals. The wood is light-yellow or brown with white sapwood, light and soft, not strong, and close- and straight - grained. The tulip-tree reaches its greatest development in the lower Wabash valley and along the western slopes of the Alleghanies southward. It is the sole remaining representative of a nearly extinct type which was formerly abundant, not less than 17 fossil species being known, the greater part occurring in the Cretaceous formation in New Jersey, Kansas, Nebraska. Wyoming, Greenland, and Bohemia, with a few in the Tertiary, chiefly of Europe.
- n. [lowercase] A tree of this genus.
- n. Any of several large North American trees, of the genus Liriodendron, that have tulip-like flowers; especially Liriodendron tulipifera, the tulip tree
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of large and very beautiful trees of North America, having smooth, shining leaves, and handsome, tuliplike flowers; tulip tree; whitewood; -- called also
canoewood. Liriodendron tulipifera is the only extant species, but there were several others in the Cretaceous epoch.
- n. tulip trees
“(_Morus rubra_), the pale-green leaves of the catalpa, the tall tulip-tree (_liriodendron_), and the shining foliage of the orange.”
“The beautiful tulip-tree (_liriodendron_) was easily distinguished by its straight column-like trunks, out of which are sawed those great planks of _white poplar_ you may have seen, for that is the name by which it is known among carpenters and builders.”
“I sat down upon a log -- that same log of the liriodendron -- and under the shade of a spreading dogwood-tree.”
“The road is strait and spacious and kept in excellent repair by the industrious inhabitants, and is generally bordered by tall and spreading trees as the magnolia, liquid amber, liriodendron, catalpa and live oak, and on the verges of the canals where the road was causewayed, stood the cyprus, lacianthus and magnolia, all planted by nature and left standing by the virtuous inhabitants, to shade the road and perfume the sultry air.”
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