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intr.v. pop·pled, pop·pling, pop·ples
To move in a tossing, bubbling, or rippling manner, as choppy water.
1. Choppy water.
2. The motion or sound of boiling liquid.
[Middle English poplen, probably of Middle Dutch origin.]
[Middle English popel (perhaps from Old English popul-), from Latin pōpulus.]
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1. (of boiling water or a choppy sea) to heave or toss; bubble
2. (often foll by along) (of a stream or river) to move with an irregular tumbling motion: the small rivulet poppled along over rocks and stones for half a mile.
[C14: of imitative origin; compare Middle Dutch popelen to bubble, throb]
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v. -pled, -pling,
1. to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water.n.
2. a poppling motion.
[1300–50; Middle English poplen; imitative; see -le]
n. Northern U.S.
a poplar of the genus Populus.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English popul < Latin pōpulus]
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Past participle: poppled
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