aspen

noun
as·​pen | \ ˈa-spən How to pronounce aspen (audio) \

Definition of aspen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several poplars (especially Populus tremula of Europe and P. tremuloides and P. grandidentata of North America) with leaves that flutter in the lightest wind because of their flattened petioles

Aspen

geographical name
As·​pen | \ ˈa-spən How to pronounce Aspen (audio) \

Definition of Aspen (Entry 2 of 2)

resort city in west central Colorado population 6658

Examples of aspen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The light shimmered off the aspen leaves like God’s own disco ball. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 The light shimmered off the aspen leaves like God’s own disco ball. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 3 Jan. 2022 This entire ecosystem relies on the aspen remaining healthy and upright. Richard Elton Walton, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 Suddenly, an enormous whoosh rose from the canyon, and a copse of aspen exploded. The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 On the untreated uphill side, the forest is choked with small-diameter fir and aging aspen that are probably on their last legs. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2021 On the untreated uphill side, the forest is choked with small-diameter fir and aging aspen that are probably on their last legs. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 The moist meadow was surrounded by stands of aspen. Kylie Mohr, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 The good news is any obnoxious teenagers trying to carve their initials into a metal aspen will break their pocket knives, which serves them right. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of aspen

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aspen

Noun

Middle English, of an aspen, from asp aspen, from Old English æspe; akin to Old High German aspa aspen, Russian osina

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2022

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“Aspen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspen. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for aspen

aspen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aspen

: a kind of tree whose leaves move easily when the wind blows

aspen

noun
as·​pen | \ ˈa-spən How to pronounce aspen (audio) \

Kids Definition of aspen

: a poplar tree whose leaves move easily in the breeze

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