Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To move in a tossing, bubbling, or rippling manner, as choppy water.
  • n. Choppy water.
  • n. The motion or sound of boiling liquid.
  • n. Informal A poplar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. poplar
  • n. Choppy water; the motion or sound of agitated water (as from boiling or wind)
  • v. Of water, to move in a choppy, bubbling, or tossing manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The poplar.
  • n. Tares.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly up and down; to bob up and down, as a cork on rough water; also, to bubble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flow; rush; foam; bubble.
  • To bob or move up and down: said of a floating object.
  • n. A ripple.
  • n. Same as poplar.
  • n. The corn-cockle, Lychnis Githago.

Etymologies

Middle English poplen, probably of Middle Dutch origin.
Middle English popel (perhaps from Old English popul-), from Latin pōpulus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English popul, popil, from Old English popul, from Latin populus (Wiktionary)
Middle English poplen, possibly from Middle Dutch, of imitative origin (Wiktionary)

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