quaking aspen



See under aspen(def 1).

Origin of quaking aspen

First recorded in 1785–95

Definition for quaking aspen (2 of 2)


[ as-puh n ]
/ ˈæs pən /


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 relating to the aspen.
trembling or quivering, like the leaves of the aspen.

Origin of 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
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Examples from the Web for quaking aspen

  • Suddenly I came upon a large, quaking-aspen tree set back in the woods by the side of the bog.

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for quaking aspen


/ (ˈæspən) /


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 windArchaic name: asp


archaic, mainly literary trembling

Word Origin for aspen

Old English æspe; see asp ²
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