from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as poplar.


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  • Peake fired his first charge, like a poplar-tree of black smoke, with a low following report; and the first Turkish machine got up and came for us.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • A little robin acquaintance, who never omitted his daily call at my window-ledge for his matutinal crumbs, was stretching his tiny crimson throat to its fullest extent, with quivering heart-notes of choral song, from a solitary poplar-tree in the adjacent garden on which my room out - looked, making the still air re-echo with his melody; my old retriever,

    She and I, Volume 1

  • I was leaning on the window-sill, looking at a solitary poplar-tree that was swaying in the breeze down in the garden.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • In solemn state and swiftly, he winds up the zig-zag road leading from the piazza Popolo, (so-called from _popolo_, a poplar-tree, and not as the English will have it, from _popolo_, the people,) and at last reaches the summit of Roman ambition -- the top of the Pincian hill.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Now Mrs. Silvernail, who, like the katydid of the poplar-tree, if small, was shrill, had a way of conveying instructions to her boarders by means of parables ostensibly directed at Catharine, the tall Irish serving-maid, but in reality meant for the ear of the obnoxious boarder who had lately transgressed some important statute of the house, made and provided to meet a case or cases.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 29, March, 1860

  • He kept right on swimming with the branch of a poplar-tree until he reached his food pile, which, you know, is in the water.

    The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer

  • Prickly Porky the Porcupine came down from a tall poplar-tree and slowly stretched himself.

    Old Granny Fox

  • He kept right on swimming with the branch of a poplar-tree until he reached his food pile, which, you know, is in the water.

    Lightfoot the Deer

  • It seemed to be coming nearer to them -- a sound like the Autumn wind blowing through the leaves of a poplar-tree, or a great, great rain beating down upon a roof.

    The Story of Doctor Dolittle

  • I were having a canoe hewn out of the trunk of a large poplar-tree in the Tennessee bottom.

    With Sabre and Scalpel. The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon


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