Main definitions of tupelo in English

: tupelo1Tupelo2

tupelo1

noun

  • A North American or Asian tree of damp and swampy habitats, which yields useful timber.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From within I could see tupelo and buckthorn budding,’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Creek, from ito ‘tree’ + opilwa ‘swamp’.

Pronunciation

tupelo

/ˈt(j)uːpɪləʊ/

Main definitions of tupelo in English

: tupelo1Tupelo2

Tupelo2

proper noun

  • A city in north-eastern Mississippi; population 36,233 (est. 2008). The site of some Civil War battles, it is also the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Pronunciation

Tupelo

/ˈt(j)uːpələʊ/