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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree: The Capitol Christmas Tree, a 78-foot red spruce that has been dubbed Ruby, arrived in D.C. after a 13-hour tour from North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest this month. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 Finish your trip hiking through Dolly Sods Wilderness, 17,000 acres of red spruce forest. The Editors, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2020 The result is a rare blend of hardwoods, such as red oak, sugar maple, and yellow birch, and coniferous species such as red spruce, white pine, and eastern hemlock – 32 varieties in all. Moira Donovan, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2022 The areas include more than 2,200 acres of rare conifer swamps and red spruce forest with more than 40 rare plants, 12 rare invertebrates and several animals unique to the area, the agency said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 The land was degraded by the logging of its red spruce forests, which led to fires, and by artillery exercises conducted during World War II. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 That includes red spruce, which make up 40 percent of the trees in the park. New York Times, 18 May 2021 That includes red spruce, which make up 40 percent of the trees in the park. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Right now, park managers are still finding new red spruce saplings around the park, which is a good sign. New York Times, 18 May 2021 See More

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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