noun (plural tupelos)
A North American or Asian tree of damp and swampy habitats that yields useful timber.
- Genus Nyssa, family Nyssaceae: several species, including the water tupelo (N. aquatica), which grows in the coastal-plain swamps of the southeastern US
- The champion tupelos have immense, gnarled bulbous bases - each with hollow sections.
- Frame-by-frame analyses show a bird perched on a tupelo trunk, with a distinctive white pattern on its back.
- If rhododendrons thrive on your soil, plant the Pagoda Bush or the Chinese tupelo.
mid 18th century: from Creek, from ito 'tree' + opilwa 'swamp'.