from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several trees of the genus Populus having leaves attached by flattened leafstalks so that they flutter readily in the wind.
  • adj. Of or relating to one of these trees.
  • adj. Shivering or trembling like the leaves of one of these trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of poplar tree (genus Populus; section Populus).
  • n. The wood of such a tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the aspen, or resembling it; made of aspen wood.
  • n. One of several species of poplar bearing this name, especially the Populus tremula, so called from the trembling of its leaves, which move with the slightest impulse of the air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the tree named asp.
  • Tremulous, like an aspen-leaf; quivering.
  • n. Same as asp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several trees of the genus Populus having leaves on flattened stalks so that they flutter in the lightest wind


Middle English aspe, from Old English æspe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English aspen 'made of aspen wood', from asp 'aspen', from Old English æspe, from Proto-Germanic *aspōn (compare Dutch esp, German Espe, Swedish asp), from Proto-Indo-European *Hosp- (compare Welsh aethnen, Latin abiēs 'fir', Latvian apse, Polish osa, Armenian op'i 'poplar'). (Wiktionary)



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  • Thanks sarra.

    July 1, 2009

  • beautiful WordNet definition

    July 1, 2009