from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See white poplar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The white poplar (Populus alba).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The white poplar, Populus alba: so called from the white color of its twigs and leaves. See poplar. Also called abel-tree, and sometimes abbey.
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- n. a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces
Infection control precautions were substantially strengthened in all hospitals across the region, and we've been abele to contain community spread, as I say.
Other varieties of the common white poplar or abele are occasionally useful, although most of them sprout badly and may become a nuisance.
The European mountain-ash -- which in beauty, dimensions, and healthfulness of growth is superior to our own  -- the horse-chestnut, and the abele, or silver poplar, are valuable additions to the ornamental trees of North America.
A park full of merry hay-makers; gay red and blue waggons; stalwart horses switching off the flies; dark avenues of tall elms; groups of abele, 'tossing their whispering silver to the sun'; and amid them the house, -- a great square red-brick mass, made light and cheerful though by quoins and windows of white Sarsden stone, with high peaked French roofs, broken by louvres and dormers, haunted by a thousand swallows and starlings.
The sides of country roads where the abele has been planted are sometimes obstructed for a considerable distance by the thrifty shoots from underground.
Roman camps and scattered blocks of Sarsden stone, till we descend into the long green vale where, among groves of poplar and abele, winds silver Whit.
A park full of merry haymakers; gay red and blue waggons; stalwart horses switching off the flies; dark avenues of tall elms; groups of abele, 'tossing their whispering silver to the sun;' and amid them the house.
The best use of the poplar, and _abele_ (which are all of them hospitable trees, for any thing thrives under their shades) is for walks and avenues about grounds which are situated low, and near the water, till coming to be very old, they are apt to grow knurry, and out of proportion.
_abele_, and we have of late _abele_ much transported out of Holland:
[Bailey, in his _Dictionary_, says, "An abele-tree is a fine kind of white poplar."