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
July 7th, 2006 at 11: 45 am james risser says: hmmm, the most dangerous thing in aspen used to be getting onto the ski-lift …
July 5th, 2006 at 7: 06 pm james risser says: hmmm, james woolsey, former cia, is in aspen colorado today … .. i am sure it has no connection.
i was … ehh … in aspen, yeah, thats where i was. sincerely, karl
July 12th, 2006 at 8: 03 pm james risser says: here is another think fast for youoops …. the guy wasn’t even in aspen! oh well, i am sure it is just a coincidence … no bush black shirts involved … nothing to see here.
The small American aspen, which is quite common, has a smooth, pale-green bark, which gets whitish and rough as the tree grows old.
Apps is sometimes for asp, the tree now called by the adjectival name aspen (cf. linden).
Woodmen always call the aspen the 'asp,' dropping the termination.
The tradition to which I have been always accustomed is, that the aspen was the tree of which the cross was formed, and that its tremulous and quivering motion proceeded from its consciousness of the awful use to which it had once been put.
Pleased with the dancing of the leaves, which fluttered above her head, and fanned her warm cheek with their incessant motion, she thought, like her cousin Louise, that the aspen was the merriest tree in the forest, for it was always dancing, dancing, dancing.
Although the aspen is the most widely distributed tree species in North America, the die-off struck mostly in the Southwest, where the drought beginning in 2002 was most severe.