American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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). A tree believed to be identical with it is found in China. The wood is soft, fine, and straight-grained, and is easily worked; it is used in construction and for inside finish, cabinet-work, pumps, woodenware, etc. The bark, especially of the root, is acrid and bitter, and is used domestically as a stimulant tonic. The tulip-tree is quite hardy, and is a much-admired shade and ornamental tree. Its timber, or the tree itself, is known as whitewood, though the wood turns yellowish on exposure, and as poplar, tulip-poplar, or yellow poplar. An old name, saddletree or saddle-leaf, refers to the form of the leaf; another, canoe-wood, to the use in which it was found among the Indians. The present name (the best of the common names) has reference to the flowers, which in form and size resemble a large tulip, the petals greenish-yellow marked with orange. See
- n. Michelia (Magnolia) fuscata.
- n. A North American tree, Liriodendron tulipfera, that has squarish leaves, cone-shaped fruit and an aromatic odour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A West Indian malvaceous tree (Paritium tiliaceum syn. Hibiscus tiliaceum).
- 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
“Propped against a big tulip tree stood a long-barreled fowling piece, remnant from a previous century.”
“Here just by ye wilderness is ye tulip tree wch runns up of a great height and ye flower is on ye top; it flowers in August.”
“A hairy six-legged beast was strung up in the tulip tree near the walkway, dripping yellow blood into the grass.”
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