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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.
n. pl. tu·pe·los
1. Any of several trees of the genus Nyssa of Asia and the eastern United States, having simple alternate leaves and small flowers.
2. The light wood of any of these trees.
[Probably Creek 'topilwa : íto, tree + opílwa, swamp.]
n, pl -los
1. (Plants) any of several cornaceous trees of the genus Nyssa, esp N. aquatica, a large tree of deep swamps and rivers of the southern US
2. (Forestry) the light strong wood of any of these trees
[C18: from Creek ito opilwa, from ito tree + opilwa swamp]
tu•pe•lo(ˈtu pəˌloʊ, ˈtyu-)
n., pl. -los.
any North American swamp tree of the genus Nyssa, family Nyssaceae, having ovate leaves, berrylike fruit, and a soft, light wood with a variety of commercial uses.
[1720–30; perhaps < Creek *'topilwa literally, swamp tree]
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|Noun||1.||tupelo - pale soft wood of a tupelo tree especially the water gum|
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
|2.||tupelo - any of several gum trees of swampy areas of North America|
gum tree, gum - any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
Nyssa aquatica, water gum - columnar swamp tree of southeastern to midwestern North America yielding pale soft easily worked wood
black gum, Nyssa sylvatica, pepperidge, sour gum - columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall
tupelo - pale soft wood of a tupelo tree especially the water gum
|3.||Tupelo - a town in northeast Mississippi|