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Aspen (ăs´pən), city (1990 pop. 5,049), alt. 7,850 ft (2,390 m), seat of Pitkin co., S central Colo., on the Roaring Fork River; founded c.1879 by silver prospectors, inc. 1881. Declining after an 1880s–90s boom, it was transformed in the 1930s into a ski resort. Affluent, cosmopolitan Aspen is now noted for its Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and Aspen Music Festival and School (see Aspen Music Festival). The summer music festival was the progenitor (1949) of similar arts festivals throughout the mountain states. The Aspen Art Museum is housed in a building designed by Shigeru Ban.

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as·pen / ˈaspən/ • n. a poplar tree with rounded, long-stalked, and typically coarsely-toothed leaves that tremble in even a slight breeze. • Genus Populus, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular the North American quaking aspen (P. tremuloides) and bigtooth aspen (P. grandidentata) and the European P. tremula.

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aspen One of three species of trees of the genus Populus, with toothed, rounded leaves. Closely related to poplars, they are native to temperate Eurasia, North Africa, and North America, they grow up to 30m (100ft). Family Salicaceae.

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aspen adj. of an asp-tree XIV; sb. aspen tree XVI. f. ASP1 + -EN1. The sb. arose in such collocations as aspen leaf.

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aspen a poplar tree with leaves that tremble in the breeze, supposedly from shame because the Cross was made from its wood.

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aspen See POPULUS.

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ASPEN American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; web site www.clinnutr.org.

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aspen: see willow.