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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Roads met at perfect right angles; the white farmhouses had groves of pale aspen surrounding them.
▪ The forest had already been defoliated and the oaks and aspens were expending precious energy sending out a second flush of leaves.
▪ The maples and aspens along the roadsides were vibrant with color.
▪ The young artist stayed at Jenks' ranch under the San Francisco Peaks for several weeks, painting the aspens.
▪ Then there was a paleness of white trunks and bare delicate branches as they passed through aspens along a slope.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Aspen \Asp"en\ ([a^]s"p[e^]n), a. Of or pertaining to the aspen, or resembling it; made of aspen wood.

Nor aspen leaves confess the gentlest breeze.


Aspen \Asp"en\ ([a^]s"p[e^]n), Asp \Asp\ ([.a]sp), n. [AS. [ae]sp, [ae]ps; akin to OHG. aspa, Icel. ["o]sp, Dan. [ae]sp, Sw. asp, D. esp, G. espe, ["a]spe, aspe; cf. Lettish apsa, Lith. apuszis.] (Bot.) One of several species of poplar bearing this name, especially the Populus tremula, so called from the trembling of its leaves, which move with the slightest impulse of the air.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from adjective or genitive form of Old English æspe "aspen tree, white poplar," from Proto-Germanic *aspo- (cognates: Old Norse ösp, Middle Dutch espe, Old High German aspa, German Espe), from PIE *apsa "aspen" (cognates: Lithuanian opuse). The current form in English probably arose from phrases such as aspen leaf, aspen bark (see -en (2)). 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").


n. 1 A kind of poplar tree (genus (taxlink Populus sect. Populus section noshow=1)). 2 (context uncountable English) The wood of such a tree.


n. any of several trees of the genus Populus having leaves on flattened stalks so that they flutter in the lightest wind

Aspen, CO -- U.S. city in Colorado
Population (2000): 5914
Housing Units (2000): 4354
Land area (2000): 3.529800 sq. miles (9.142139 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.529800 sq. miles (9.142139 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03620
Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
Location: 39.192297 N, 106.824470 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 81611
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Aspen, CO
Aspen (disambiguation)

Aspen is a common name for several species of trees in the genus Populus.

Aspen may also refer to:

Aspen (magazine)

Aspen was a multimedia magazine published on an irregular schedule by Phyllis Johnson from 1965 to 1971. Described by its publisher as "the first three-dimensional magazine," each issue came in a customized box or folder filled with materials in a variety of formats, including booklets, " flexidisc" phonograph recordings, posters, postcards and reels of super-8 movie film. Many of the leading figures in contemporary North American and British art and cultural criticism were editors, designers or contributors to Aspen. The magazine has remained of interest to students of the artistic ferment of the late 1960s; extensive documentation of Aspen's contents is available online at UbuWeb.

Issue #3 was designed by Andy Warhol and David Dalton. Published in December, 1966, the issue is housed in a box with graphics based on the packaging of "Fab" laundry detergent. Among its contents were a flip-book based on Warhol's film Kiss, and Jack Smith's film "Buzzards Over Bagdad," a flexidisc by John Cale of the Velvet Underground, and a "ticket book" with excerpts of papers delivered at the Berkeley conference on LSD by Timothy Leary and others.

Issue #4, designed by Quentin Fiore, showcased the ideas of the Canadian cultural theorist Marshall McLuhan. Highlights of subsequent issues include critical essays by Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag; a multi-part cardboard sculpture by Tony Smith; sound recordings with accompanying printed scores by John Cage, Morton Feldman and La Monte Young; films by Robert Rauschenberg and Hans Richter; a recording by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and a pre-publication excerpt of J. G. Ballard's novel Crash.

Issue #10 was devoted to Asian art and philosophy. It was published in 1971, and was the final issue of the magazine.

On 2014 the MACBA, Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona, organized an exhibit based on the magazine. So did Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław in summer 2014.


Aspen is a common name for certain tree species; some, but not all, are classified by botanists in the section Populus, of the Populus genus.

Aspen (Botkyrka Municipality)

Aspen is a lake of Botkyrka Municipality, Södermanland, Sweden. The lake is crossed by the European route E4/ European route E20 and is located about 20 kilometres southwest of Stockholm, the Swedish capital. It has an area of 1,847 km².

During the Stone Age, Aspen was in the ocean, but was uplifted by the time of the Bronze Age. Bronze Age settlements grew up around the lake and for some thousand years Iron Age farms were around the lake. The area developed during this period. A graveyard from that period is preserved in the area.

Skrävsta Ekholmen nature reserve is in the vicinity of the lake with about sixty large oak trees, half of which are centuries old. There are large bats and many other rare animal and plant species. Around the lake is a nature trail at 7½ km length. The path leads through the woods, high above the marsh.

Usage examples of "aspen".

The mist became a light, steady rain, and as Ace rode along, a soft patter filled the stillness of aspen and pine.

They were in a sparse stand of trees, pines and aspens, and as far as he could tell, he and Akee were alone.

Horsethief Shorty and that Carl Montana and the state engineer, Nelson Bookman, all sitting around a campfire up by the Little Baldy Bear Lakes, roasting miniature Joe Mondragons skewered like hot dogs on aspen twigs over their campfire.

On either side of them, in the Curandero Valley, aspen trees were a lovely buttery yellow, shivering in the Indian Summer breezes.

He muttered some Portuguese fugacities at Paul now off to Aspen with some boy toys on a free all expenses paid trip with a video production company.

The heavy brown barks of oak, beech, walnut, apple, and maple were intermixed with supple, straight, thin-barked willow, birch, hornbeam, aspen, and the high brush of alder and hazelnut.

It was a piece of aspen, some eighteen inches or more in length, and it was inscribed with Ogham characters.

Demott pointed up Cache Creek, past the clusters of white-barked aspens, past the stately forest of ponderosa, into the dark green wilderness of firs.

The White or Aspen Poplar is a common tree, and contains active principles termed Populin and Salicin, both of which are tonic.

The great clone groves of aspen covering the subalpine hillsides had gone golden earlier that week and because it had been a wet, warm summer, the leaves were a perfect yellow-gold, shimmering against the blue-vaulted sky and filling the hillsides and valleys below them with a constantly dancing light.

But, of course, when they turned off the pavement of Navajo Route 32 and jolted down the road past the old Crystal trading post and up the crooked tracks into the aspen grove where Barbone had built his hogan, they discovered that Hosteen Barbone was not at home.

He let her set her own pace and even brouse some aspen leaves along the way.

A swirl of rusty aspen leaves blew down, clinging momentarily to the homespun of their breeches and the light wool of their stockings.

But as for the wains of the Markmen, they were stoutly framed of ashtree with panels of aspen, and they were broad-wheeled so that they might go over rough and smooth.

She pushed out her lower jaw and stared up through the canopy of birch, aspen, and popple, the deeper green of pine and spruce.