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.
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
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