One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A deciduous North American tree which has large distinctively lobed leaves and insignificant tulip-like flowers.
"Liriodendron tulipifera", family "Magnoliaceae"
- ‘Other less prominent tree types included various hickories, other ash species, white oak, black walnut, butternut, basswood, yellow buckeye, elm, black cherry, black gum, and tulip tree.’
- ‘The tree species included dawn redwood, ginkgo, bald cypress, and relatives of present-day sassafras, tulip tree, and magnolia.’
- ‘Japanese magnolia, Magnolia soulangeana, also known as tulip tree and saucer magnolia, is one of the first trees to flower in late winter, either in January or February, depending on the weather.’
- ‘While liquidambar leaves are predominantly orange and red in the autumn, tulip trees glow golden in autumn, supported by their sturdy trunk.’
- ‘The tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, has a bright yellow edged form called ‘Aureomarginatum’.’
2informalanother term for magnolia (in the plant sense)
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