• WordNet 3.6
    • n Populus a genus of trees of the family Salicaceae that is found in the northern hemisphere; poplars
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n populus A genus of dicotyledonous trees of the order Salicineæ, including the poplar and aspen, having diœcious flowers in catkins without floral envelops, and distinguished from Salix, the willow, by the numerous ovules, obliquely lengthened and cup-shaped disks, broad and toothed bracts, loosely flowered and generally pendulous catkins, and broad leaves. The 18 species are all natives of the northern hemisphere. They are trees with angled or sometimes cylindrical branches, scaly resinous buds coated externally with varnish before opening, and catkins appearing before the leaves, which are alternate and slender-petioled, feather-veined and three-nerved, sometimes entire and triangular, often toothed or lobed. Most species present a very characteristic appearance when in flower, from the long drooping catkins and their red anthers and white-fringed scales. The fertile catkins discharge innumerable seeds, each enveloped in white cottony down, which fill the air about the trees in May, and collect in small drifts like snow; hence the name cottonwood, which is in use for several American species. P. Tremula of Europe and P. tremuloides of America, the aspens, are remarkable for the tremulous motion of their leaves, due to the vertical flattening of their leafstalks (see cut under petiole). See quaking asp (under asp), aspen, auld wives' tongues (under auld), and corticine. For other species, see poplar, the general name of the genus.
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In literature:

He afterwards adds, (c. 50, p. 686,) Filii Attilae, quorum per licentiam libidinis poene populus fuit.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
Said I, 'Non vult anser velli, sed populus vult decipi.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
This hopeful rumour of the Maid's escape was certain to arise, populus vult decipi.
"The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories" by Andrew Lang
Agite quirites, censuere patres, jubeat populus.
"The Commonwealth of Oceana" by James Harrington
Quod siquis dicat, Ergone populus tyrannicae crudelitati & furori jugulum semper praebebit?
"Second Treatise of Government" by John Locke
Namque coepere nobilitas dignitatem, populus libertatem in libidinem vertere, sibi quisque ducere, trahere, rapere.
"De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino" by Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
Itaque me * * * una voce universus populus Romanus consulem declaravit.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Municipes fugiunt ne submergantur, et omnis Se populus villa viduat, vacuamque relinquit.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
Quercus robur re- appears towards Lamnoo, as well as Juglans and Populus.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Populus tremula (Aspen) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Populus non minus in Regem, quam rex in populum imperii ac Potestatis retinet.
"Franco-Gallia" by Francis Hotoman
Thus /populus'que\, /dea'que\, /re:gna've\, /audit'ne\.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
The Patricians formed the Populus Romanus, or sovereign people.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The intendant, a local attorney named Populus, quoted the clauses of the will, and asked instructions from his new master.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
Growing on old bark of Populus; Iowa, McBride.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Populus deltoidea (canadensis) aurea, yellow.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The three tribes together formed the populus Romanus, the Roman people.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
POPULUS VULT DECIPI (L.), the people wish to be fooled.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Vertice me nudo populus veneratur adorans.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
This, it will be said, was because Paris was smaller, less populus, and the task of the police easier.
"Nooks and Corners of Old Paris" by Georges Cain

In news:

Asked which road users annoyed them the most, 45% of motorists said car drivers, the AA/Populus survey showed.
True poplars are in the willow family of trees, which also contain the genus Populus (cottonwoods), and which is Latin for "people" and was also the Latin name for "tree.
True poplars include aspen (Populus tremuloides), cottonwood (Populus deltoides) and balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera), all members of the willow family.

In science:

Tiffin, 2012 Local Adaptation in the FloweringTime Gene Network of Balsam Poplar, Populus balsamifera L.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies