aspen

noun
as·pen | \ˈas-pən \

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 \

Definition of Aspen (Entry 2 of 2)

resort city in west central Colorado population 6658

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And the when the aspens turn in autumn, the slopes are absolutely golden. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 In a few weeks, the aspen leaf miners will turn many of those leaves into silver potato chips. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 Sugar maples may be the stars of the show in the East, but in Arizona and beyond, aspens take center stage, supported by cottonwoods, canyon maple and ash. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "A leaf-peeping trip to Arizona? Color yourself smart. The Grand Canyon state can be grand for fall hues," 2 July 2018 Still, a stronghold of hardy ponderosa pines, piñons, skunk bush and aspens have taken root in crevasses where water and organic materials provide hospitable conditions. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Volcanoes in Arizona: Sunset Crater hike shows off eruption's aftermath," 12 June 2018 Take the Long Way The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive offers beautiful views of oaks, maples and aspens for 115 miles. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Solo trips to recharge in Wisconsin," 10 June 2018 There was the Hammond's flycatcher from Honduras, squeaking out its song in an aspen near the Bicycle Bumps. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 The reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after an absence of nearly 70 years, for example, led to booms in otters, muskrats, songbirds, frogs and aspen, whose young shoots had been an elk delicacy. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 But the spring greens are brighter, the summer clouds puffier, and autumn hues of the aspens more colorful than ever. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sierra fishing trip beckons," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of aspen

: a poplar tree whose leaves move easily in the breeze

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