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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Birch, quaking aspen, white spruce, Sitka spruce, native trees. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Our spruce trees are dying. We need to talk about what happens next.," 30 Aug. 2019 Cozy-up on a lounge chair beside quaking aspens or explore the lake by kayak, launched from the club’s private pier, for some exercise. Agatha French, Orange County Register, "Lake Tahoe: The jewel of the Sierras shines bright," 21 Aug. 2019 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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First Known Use of quaking aspen

1812, in the meaning defined above

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