Aspen

The aspen leaf is said to tremble, from shame and horror, because our Lord's cross was made of this wood. The fact is this: the leaf is broad, and placed on a long leaf-stalk so flexible as scarcely to be able to support it in an upright position. The upper part of the stalk, on which the play mainly depends, is flattened; and, being at right angles with the leaf, is peculiarly liable to be acted on by the least breath of air.

Aspen leaf.
Metaphorically, a chattering tongue, never quiet.

“Those aspen leaves of theirs never leave wagging.” —Sir T. More.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Aspen from Fact Monster:

  • willow - willow willow, common name for some members of the Salicaceae, a family of deciduous trees and ...
  • aspen, in botany - aspen: aspen: see willow.
  • Aspen, city, United States - Aspen Aspen , city (1990 pop. 5,049), alt. 7,850 ft (2,390 m), seat of Pitkin co., S central Colo., ...
  • 2008 Winter Extreme Games - 2008 Winter Extreme Games (Aspen, Colo., Jan. 23–27, 2008) These are the winners of the ...
  • 2009 Winter Extreme Games - 2009 Winter Extreme Games (Aspen, Colo., Jan. 22–25, 2009) These are the winners of the ...

Related Content