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poplar (n.)

type of tree of rapid growth and moderate size, noted for light, soft wood and often planted for shade or ornament, mid-14c., from Anglo-French popler, from Old French poplier (13c., Modern French peulplier), from Latin pōpulus "poplar" (with a long "o;" not the same word that produced popular), which is of unknown origin, possibly from a PIE tree-name root *p(y)el- (source also of Greek pelea "elm"). Italian pioppo, Spanish chopo, German pappel, Old Church Slavonic topoli all are from Latin. The tall, columnar or spire-shaped variety are Lombardy poplars.

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Definitions of poplar from WordNet

poplar (n.)
soft light-colored non-durable wood of the poplar;
poplar (n.)
any of numerous trees of north temperate regions having light soft wood and flowers borne in catkins;
Synonyms: poplar tree
From wordnet.princeton.edu