Tupelo meaning

to͝o'pə-lō', tyo͝o'-
Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa of Asia and the eastern United States, having simple alternate leaves and small flowers.
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The light wood of any of these trees.
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A city of northeast Mississippi north-northwest of Jackson. 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.
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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.
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The fine-textured wood of such a tree, used for mallets, furniture, etc.
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Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa which grow in swampy regions on the eastern, southern and midwestern United States.
  • (in particular) Nyssa aquatica.
  • (in particular) Nyssa multiflora, a North American tree of the dogwood family, with brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries.
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Origin of tupelo

  • Probably Creek 'topilwa íto tree opílwa swamp
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Creek.
    From Wiktionary