Definition of aspen
: 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
Recent Examples of aspen from the Web
This includes classics like quaking aspen, yarrow, big sagebrush, columbine and milkweed.
The tree, nicknamed Pando, is a quaking aspen that has cloned itself so many times it's created an entire forest.
The amount of enclosure is increasing, courtesy of trembling aspens, thin oaks and smoke trees that pop up from the planter boxes on the trail's expansive Humboldt Boulevard overlook.
ASPEN, Colo. — Not to get all mushy, but that’s exactly how Andre Myhrer of Sweden prefers his snow.
ASPEN — A dog named Snoopy received 66 stitches during a three-hour surgery Monday after the 50-pound cattle dog was kicked by a skier after the dog snapped loose from his leash.
The trees that were not so good in the winter, like aspens, were being given food manufactured by the conifers, which do much better in winter, and vice versa.
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Origin and Etymology of aspen
Middle English, of an aspen, from asp aspen, from Old English æspe; akin to Old High German aspa aspen, Russian osina
First Known Use: 1593See Words from the same year
Definition of Aspen
resort city in west central Colorado population 6658
ASPEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aspen for English Language Learners
: a kind of tree whose leaves move easily when the wind blows
ASPEN Defined for Kids
Definition of aspen for Students
: a poplar tree whose leaves move easily in the breeze
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