tupelo, n. [Tupelo, or tupebo, the native American Indian name.].
A North American tree (Nyssa multiflora) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries. The wood is crossgrained and very difficult to split. Called also black gum, sour gum, and pepperidge. [1913 Webster]
Largo tupelo, or
Tupelo gum(Bot.), an American tree (Nyssa uniflora) with softer wood than the tupelo. --