quaking aspen

noun

Definition of quaking aspen 

: an aspen (Populus tremuloides) chiefly of the U.S. and Canada with small nearly circular leaves that have flattened petioles and finely serrate margins and that flutter in the slightest breeze

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From the languid sway of the bay laurel trees to the disco shimmer of the quaking aspens to the Dude-like serenity of the redwoods, a vague drugginess wafts over the place. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 There's a stand of quaking aspens growing in Utah that's a single clonal organism, rather than genetic individuals. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Check out the genes on this huge ‘shroom," 9 Nov. 2017 The wine is as brilliantly colored as any Sierra slope of quaking aspen in the fall. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Halloween treats abound for wine lovers," 11 Oct. 2017 The quaking aspen grove here covers 107 acres and includes about 47,000 distinct trees. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Where to Hike to (and Through) the World’s Largest Organisms," 29 Mar. 2017

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1812, in the meaning defined above

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