Main definitions of aspen in US English:

: aspen1Aspen2

aspen1

noun

  • A poplar tree with rounded, long-stalked, and typically coarsely toothed leaves that tremble in even a slight breeze.

    Genus Populus, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular the North American quaking aspen (P. tremuloides) and bigtooth aspen (P. grandidentata) and the European P. tremula

    • ‘The willows and aspens were bursting out in young buds.’
    • ‘They prefer willows, maples, aspens, and poplars, and by preferentially choosing those species, they can have an important impact on the tree species composition of their communities.’
    • ‘The golden aspen, sometimes referred to as the quaking or trembling aspen, along with cottonwoods are responsible for the region's lemony landscapes.’
    • ‘Trees like aspen, poplar and birch actually have a very low flammability rate, according to the Fire Smart Web site.’
    • ‘The thunderbird swooped low; even the bears in the nearby forest quaked at the sound, and the leaves on the aspens began to quiver, and they have not stopped to this day.’
    • ‘In the spring, for example, clusters of connected aspens all grow their leaves back at the same time.’
    • ‘The stony soil below was covered by dense forests of live oak, Douglas fir, aspen, maple, ponderosa pine, madrone, Arizona cypress, and juniper.’
    • ‘Nests are usually built in deciduous trees, such as aspen, alder, cottonwood, or willow, but they may also be in firs or other conifers.’
    • ‘The trail they followed was lead by a small stream to their right, or to the north, while there left side was a light forest of trees that were no longer palm trees, but aspens and pine trees.’
    • ‘Rainy weather would bring out these beautiful plants in profusion under the firs, birches and aspens in our park, especially in its older part, east of the carriage road that divided the park in two.’
    • ‘Valley after valley floats a handful of cottonwood and aspen trees in a dry ocean of sagebrush, the pale gray green running out the flats and over the hills.’
    • ‘The sun shone through the trees - red firs, junipers, lodgepole pines, aspens, and mountain hemlocks.’
    • ‘The three worked closely together to ensure that the new landscape would harmonize with a surrounding woodland of aspens, Douglas firs, ponderosa pines, and river birches.’
    • ‘What may follow in the path of the dead forest will likely be a mix of grasses and more hardwood trees like birch, aspen and alder.’
    • ‘The terrain steepens, climbing through a forest of conifers and aspens to Marker Hill.’
    • ‘Brilliant autumnal colors in areas where there are many deciduous trees, such as aspens and maples, result in paintings that are masses of yellow and orange.’
    • ‘Today's excess of elk and buffalo have destroyed woody species such as willow, aspen, cottonwood, alder and serviceberry along the streams and rivers.’
    • ‘Even before the aspen and willows leaf out in the spring you'll see honeysuckles' green haze in abandoned fields and across wooded hillsides.’
    • ‘I also suggested that it appeared to be blinking because she was looking at it through the fluttering leaves of an aspen tree.’
    • ‘Surrounded by cottonwoods and aspens and featuring a wooden footbridge and an abundance of regional flora and foliage, it's a place to meditate, contemplate, and relax.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from dialect asp (in the same sense) + -en, forming an adjective later used as a noun (late 16th century).

Pronunciation

aspen

/ˈæspən//ˈaspən/

Main definitions of aspen in US English:

: aspen1Aspen2

Aspen2

proper noun

  • A resort in south central Colorado; population 5,902 (est. 2008) A thriving recreational center, it is noted particularly for its skiing facilities.

Pronunciation

Aspen

/ˈæspən//ˈaspən/