poplar definition by Webster's New World
- any of a genus (Populus) of trees of the willow family, having soft, fibrous wood, rapid growth, alternate leaves, and flowers borne in catkins
- the wood of any of these trees
- tulip tree
- tulipwood (sense )
Origin: Middle English popler ; from Old French poplier ; from peuple ; from Classical Latin populus
poplar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Any of several fast-growing deciduous trees of the genus Populus having unisexual flowers borne in catkins.b. The wood of these trees.
- See tulip tree.
Origin: Middle English popler, from Old French poplier, from pouple, from Latin pōpulus.