tupelo definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. tupelos
- 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: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Creek an unverified form 'topilwa, literally , swamp tree ; from íto, tree plush opílwa, swamp
tupelo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. tu·pe·los
- Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa, especially N. aquatica, of the southeast United States, having soft light wood.
- The wood of this tree.
Origin: Probably Creek 'topilwa : íto, tree + opílwa, swamp.
A city of northeast Mississippi north-northwest of Columbus. It was the site of a Civil War battle (July 14, 1864) in which Union forces defeated the Confederate troops led by Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. Population: 35,900.