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 Englishaspen (adj.), Old Englishæspen; cognate with Old Frisianespen (adj.), espenbeam,Middle Dutchespenboom,Old High Germanespîn (adj.). See asp2, -en2
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
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.