red spruce

noun

: a spruce (Picea rubens) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that has pubescent twigs and yellowish-green needles and is an important source of lumber and pulpwood

Examples of red spruce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite this, only two tree nurseries out of the study’s survey of 20 states had red spruce. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 The timberlands here are rich and varied: maple, oak, beech, birch, mountain ash, and the placer gold of timber, red spruce, prized by the lumber mills for its grain, strength, and beauty. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 In 2022, only 800 red spruce seeds were commercially available for purchase. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 Over that time, the group has collected supporters, including U.S. Forest Service rangers trying to bring back the red spruce onto national forests in West Virginia, and bourbon companies interested in the sustainability of white oak trees that are used in barrels to store and age whiskey. Elena Shao Maddie McGarvey, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022 The project amplifies old-growth red spruce trees in Massachusetts, which are also used to create various musical instruments, including pianos and guitars. Paulina Subia, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2023 The short trail also packs a punch, passing through a high-alpine Frasier fir and red spruce forest that’s more common in northern climates and climbing rocky outcroppings before hitting the summit proper, where an observation platform and long-range views of the park await. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2020 Its 900,000-acre red spruce–northern hardwood forest is a reforestation success story; logging and wildfires obliterated the ecologically diverse region until the early 1900s, when conservationists stepped in. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 18 June 2022 The nonprofit group, together with the U.S. Forest Service, has been working to restore the red spruce ecosystem on 2,500 acres of land in Monongahela that had been mined for coal. Elena Shao Maddie McGarvey, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red spruce was in 1740

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“Red spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20spruce. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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red spruce

noun
: a spruce of the eastern U.S. and Canada that is an important source of lumber and pulpwood
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