• IPA: /ˈæspən/


  1. Pertaining to the asp or aspen tree.
  2. (obsolete) Tremulous, trembling.
    • a. 1631, John Donne, ‘The Apparition’, Poems (1633):
      And then poore Aspen wretch, neglected thou / Bath'd in a cold quicksilver sweat wilt lye / A veryer ghost than I […].
  3. (obsolete) Of a woman's tongue: wagging, gossiping.

aspen (plural aspens)

  1. The asp tree; a kind of poplar tree (genus Populus sect. Populus). A medium-size tree with thin, straight trunks of a greenish-white color.
    Above a certain elevation, the aspens gave way to scrubby, gnarled pines.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      Instead there were the white of aspens, streaks of branch and slender trunk glistening from the green of leaves […] .
  2. (uncountable) The wood of such a tree; usually pale, lightweight and soft.
    She claimed that aspen was the only "proper" material from which make a wicker basket.
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Proper noun
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  2. A small community in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia.
  3. A female given name of modern usage, denominated for the aspen tree.
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