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 Lots of poplar, lots of aspen, lots of black spruce, but there’s also a lot of bog in there, a lot of swamp. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Several of its common species, like black spruce, and jack and lodgepole pines, cannot procreate without fire. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2023 Start your practice with an essential oil, like Seasons’s Winter scent, which has a fresh, spicy aroma through notes of black spruce, cinnamon leaf, and vetiver. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 26 June 2023 For the last several years, Pfeiffer’s search had focused on a single bog with plentiful black spruce trees, where bog elfin are known to lay their eggs. Billy Baker,, 26 June 2023 As summers and winters become warmer, experts predict animals, including moose and the state bird, the loon, along with species of the vast northern forests like paper birch, quaking aspen, balsam fir, and black spruce, will shift northward into Canada. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2022 There’s these black spruce trees.... Emily Schwing, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2021 One hundred miles out from anywhere, a narrow cut in the black spruce appeared. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 The fire was started by lightning on May 31 and has continued to burn through tundra, dry grasses, brush and black spruce. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black spruce was in 1741

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“Black spruce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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