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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

  • 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.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the aspen, or resembling it; made of aspen wood.

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