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 The wood, which against all odds survived the last ice age, is likely black spruce. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Prior to the 2004 fire season, black spruce was the dominant tree in more than half of the forest area that burned. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2021 Instead of trekking into the forests of Canada, a birder can fly into the Duluth airport and within an hour be in the old-growth tamarack and black spruce bogs, which the owls favor. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 The trail wanders up and down above timberline for several miles before dropping back into black spruce thickets on its way to the lonesome outpost at Mile 101 on the Steese Highway. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of black spruce

1741, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2021

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“Black spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20spruce. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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