black spruce

noun

Definition of black spruce

: a widely distributed spruce (Picea mariana) of northern North America that grows chiefly in moist soils and bogs

Examples of black spruce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "Poem: Drunken Forest," 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "Poem: Drunken Forest," 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "Poem: Drunken Forest," 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "Poem: Drunken Forest," 1 June 2020 The fire began Friday afternoon when lightning sparked flames which began to spread among mostly black spruce trees, Harrel said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Wildfire crosses Dalton Highway near Fairbanks, causing heavy smoke and possible delays for drivers," 11 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "North of the Drunken Forest," 26 May 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, "North of the Drunken Forest," 26 May 2020 In the black spruce forests along the Tanana River in central Alaska, scientists Miriam Jones and Merritt Turetsky watched for years as trees tipped, leaned, and toppled into boggy ground. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The Arctic’s thawing ground is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of black spruce

1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Black spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20spruce. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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