nounWord forms: plural ˈtupeˌlos
any of a genus (Nyssa
) of the sour-gum family of tall
North American trees found in moist forests
or swamps, including the black gum
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Word origin of 'tupelo'< ? Creek *'topilwa, lit., swamp tree < íto, tree + opílwa, swamp