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

Examples of quaking aspen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the quaking aspen colony doesn’t all share the same roots, said Karen Mock, department head of Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources, each tree shares the same genetics. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 Utah's state tree is the quaking aspen. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 Utah The quaking aspen is Utah's state tree. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 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 He is more easily imagined in his rural composing studio, canopied by quaking aspen trees and a big northern sky. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2015 Mingled with the ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and blue spruce are waves of quaking aspen at the higher elevations. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 The 55-year-old has studied quaking aspen for more than two decades. Christopher Ketcham, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2018 Habitat: This bird can be found in upper canyon riparian coniferous forests mixed with groves of Gambel oak and quaking aspen. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quaking aspen was in 1812

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“Quaking aspen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaking%20aspen. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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