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

  • n. A tall, deciduous, eastern North American tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) having large, tuliplike green and orange flowers, aromatic twigs, and yellowish wood that is easily worked. Also called poplar.
  • n. See African tulip tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American tree, Liriodendron tulipfera, that has squarish leaves, cone-shaped fruit and an aromatic odour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A West Indian malvaceous tree (Paritium tiliaceum syn. Hibiscus tiliaceum).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree, Liriodendron Tulipifera, found in North America, where, among deciduous trees, it is surpassed in size only by the sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum).
  • n. Michelia (Magnolia) fuscata.

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

  • n. tall North American deciduous timber tree having large tulip-shaped greenish yellow flowers and conelike fruit; yields soft white woods used especially for cabinet work

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  • Jenn - lol.

    sionnach - for some reason I'm OK with compound words. The bird dog, though - woah...

    January 16, 2008

  • So I take it that the bird dog, the catfish, the muledeer, the titmouse, the bullfinch, the turtledove and the ratfink are in this same domain of linguistic instability?

    January 15, 2008

  • Aaahaha!

    January 15, 2008

  • It's a poplar passtime 'round these parts.

    January 15, 2008

  • You're right. I glued those tulips to that tree, then photographed it and convinced someone to post it online.

    You caught me red-handed. ;->

    January 15, 2008

  • That has to be a fake! Tulips don't grow on trees!

    January 15, 2008

  • I see. Might this photo help you along?

    If not, then I'd say it's time for you to launch a Domain of Linguistic Instability list. :-)

    January 14, 2008

  • Actually no. I had never heard of tulip trees until Friday, and I'm still dubious about the concept. They're in the domain of linguistic instability inhabited by, inter alia, the whale shark and the fish eagle.

    January 14, 2008

  • Er...you speak from experience, yarb? ;-)

    January 13, 2008

  • A great place for a tryst: "meet me under the tulip tree when the moon is risen."

    January 12, 2008