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quaking aspen

noun
1.
See under aspen (def 1).
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95

aspen

[as-puh n] /ˈæs pən/
noun
1.
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.
adjective
2.
of or relating to the aspen.
3.
trembling or quivering, like the leaves of the aspen.
Origin
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
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British Dictionary definitions for quaking-aspen

aspen

/ˈæspən/
noun
1.
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 Archaic name asp
adjective
2.
(archaic, mainly literary) trembling
Word Origin
Old English æspe; see asp²
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Word Origin and History for quaking-aspen

aspen

n.

late 14c., from adjective or genitive form of Old English æspe "aspen tree, white poplar," from Proto-Germanic *aspo (cf. Old Norse ösp, Middle Dutch espe, Old High German aspa, German Espe), from PIE *apsa "aspen" (cf. Lithuanian opuse). The current form in English probably arose from phrases such as aspen leaf, aspen bark. Its leaves have been figurative of tremulousness and quaking since at least early 15c. (an Old English name for it was cwicbeam, literally "quick-tree").

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ASPEN

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