quaking aspen

See under aspen ( def 1 ).


Dictionary.com Unabridged


any of various poplars, as Populus tremula, of Europe, and P. tremuloides (quaking aspen) or P. alba (white aspen) of America, having soft wood and alternate ovate leaves that tremble in the slightest breeze.
of or pertaining to the aspen.
trembling or quivering, like the leaves of the aspen.

1350–1400; Middle English aspen (adj.), Old English æspen; cognate with Old Frisian espen (adj.), espenbeam, Middle Dutch espenboom, Old High German espîn (adj.). See asp2, -en2

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To quaking aspen
World English Dictionary
aspen (ˈæspən)
1.  Archaic name: asp any of several trees of the salicaceous genus Populus, such as P. tremula of Europe, in which the leaves are attached to the stem by long flattened stalks so that they quiver in the wind
2.  archaic, literary chiefly trembling
[Old English æspe; see asp²]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 14c., from adj. or gen. form of O.E. æspe "aspen tree, white poplar," from P.Gmc. *aspo (cf. O.N. ösp, M.Du. espe, O.H.G. aspa, Ger. Espe), from PIE *apsa "aspen" (cf. Lith. opuse). The current form in Eng. probably arose from phrases such as aspen leaf, aspen bark.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
With its fiery fall foliage, quaking aspen has thrilled generations of leaf watchers.
Quaking aspen rim the moist meadows and grow on the cool slopes.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature