American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The sour tupelo is N. capitata, otherwise called
gopher-plumand Ogeechee lime, (See lime.) The large tupelo, cotton- or tupelo-gum, is N. uniflora, a large tree of deep swamps and river-bottoms in the southern United States. Its wood, which is light, soft, and unwedgeable, is used in turnery, largely for woodenware, for wooden shoes, etc.; that of the root is used for the floats of nets, Sargent.
- n. Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa which grow in swampy regions on the eastern, southern and midwestern United States.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- From Creek. (Wiktionary)
- Probably Creek 'topilwa : íto, tree + opílwa, swamp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The next in importance being the "tupelo" or "bay poplar," and the least of the trio is designated as "black" or”
“And now this is all open water and dead cypress and tupelo trees.”
“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.”
“Their champs include a small 14-foot-tall winterberry tree and a big water tupelo with a trunk 39½ feet in circumference.”
“Home brewers have been known to buy $1,000 worth of Spanish saffron or hundreds of pounds of tupelo honey to flavor their concoctions.”
“Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey.”
“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.”
“He wore cutoff denim shorts, and I paused a moment to admire his legs: lean and muscular, the color of tupelo honey.”
“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”
“I may not be right, but I am a lot righter than those twits. tupelo”
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