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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.




Likely akin to Lithuanian túopa (poplar), but beyond that unknown. Possibly related in some manner to Latin pōpulus (poplar) (whence German Pappel, Latvian papele). A direct borrowing from Vulgar Latin is usually dismissed, because Eastern Romance languages reflect instead an alternative form *ploppusRomanian plop, Albanian plep.

Per Walde-Hoffmann, perhaps further akin to Ancient Greek πτελέη (pteléē, elm), ultimately from reduplication and subsequent dissimilation *p - p-*t - p- of Proto-Indo-European *pelH- (pale, gray).


*tȍpolь m[1]

  1. poplar (genus of trees in family Salicaceae)

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Usage notes[edit]

The word may refer[2] to both Populus nigra (when necessary, specified as *čьrnъ topolь) and Populus alba (*bělъ topolь). Some daughter languages additionally bear a separate term *agnędь specifically for Populus nigra.


See also[edit]



🖝 See Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia on “Topolje” for many more in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia.
🖝 See Polish Wikipedia on “Topola” for many places of this name in Poland.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Snoj, Marko (2016), “topol”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar, Ljubljana: Inštitut za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, →ISBN: “Pslovan. *tȍpolь in *topolъ̏”
  2. ^ Stojanović, Stefan (2012), “Further on the homeland of Slavs in the light of names of some trees (elms, poplars and the aspen, and maples)”, in Theory and Empiricism in Slavonic Diachronic Linguistics[1], Praha: Lidové noviny, pages 235-242