- any of a genus (Nyssa) of the sour-gum family of tall North American trees found in moist forests or swamps, including the black gum and cotton gum
- the fine-textured wood of such a tree, used for mallets, furniture, etc.
Origin of tupelo; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Creek an unverified form 'topilwa, literally , swamp tree ; from íto, tree + opílwa, swamp
- Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa of Asia and the eastern United States, having simple alternate leaves and small flowers.
- The light wood of any of these trees.
Origin of tupeloProbably Creek 'topilwa : íto, tree + opílwa, swamp.