Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa, especially N. aquatica, of the southeast United States, having soft light wood.
  • n. The wood of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa which grow in swampy regions on the eastern, southern and midwestern United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A North American tree (Nyssa multiflora) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries. The wood is crossgrained and very difficult to split. Called also black gum, sour gum, and pepperidge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several species of Nyssa, most commonly N. sylvatica (N, multiflora), the pepperidge, sour-gum, or black-gum. See black-gum, and cut under Nyssa.

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

  • n. a town in northeast Mississippi
  • n. any of several gum trees of swampy areas of North America
  • n. pale soft wood of a tupelo tree especially the water gum

Etymologies

Probably Creek 'topilwa : íto, tree + opílwa, swamp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Creek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The next in importance being the "tupelo" or "bay poplar," and the least of the trio is designated as "black" or

    Seasoning of Wood

  • And now this is all open water and dead cypress and tupelo trees.

    La. Looks To New Plan To Restore Fragile Coast

  • Acorns were falling, tupelo berries were ripe in the river bottoms, squirrels were feeding heavily, leaves were on the trees and the obligatory frost was close enough that warbles were not a problem.

    What Happened to Squirrel Hunting?

  • Their champs include a small 14-foot-tall winterberry tree and a big water tupelo with a trunk 39½ feet in circumference.

    Hunters have unusual aim: Big trees

  • Home brewers have been known to buy $1,000 worth of Spanish saffron or hundreds of pounds of tupelo honey to flavor their concoctions.

    Extreme Brewing

  • Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey.

    Katrina plus five

  • I drove up on the levee, my windows down, to my left a wide bay dotted with cypress trees, to my right a string of fish camps on a green bib that sloped down to another bay, this one reddening with the sunset, the fluted trunks of the tupelo gums flaring at the waterline, moss lifting in their limbs.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • He wore cutoff denim shorts, and I paused a moment to admire his legs: lean and muscular, the color of tupelo honey.

    The Season of Risks

  • While she may have taken the high road in resigning, being fired for the email would have made for a nice wrongful termination suit. tupelo

    Chris Comer loses appeal - The Panda's Thumb

  • I may not be right, but I am a lot righter than those twits. tupelo

    You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals - The Panda's Thumb

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  • John has a boat? So that's how he keeps Wordie afloat.

    November 10, 2009

  • A type of honey from the SE United States which bees produce when these trees of swamps and floodplains bloom. Traditionally, beekeepers move the bee boxes by skiff or johnboat or other water craft into the swamps to isolated upland areas to let the bees do their work. The honey thus produced in the combs is of a very fine grade and flavor, and sought after by many.

    November 10, 2009