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<botany> Same as Aspen. "Trembling poplar or asp."

<zoology> A small, hooded, poisonous serpent of Egypt and adjacent countries, whose bite is often fatal. It is the Naja haje. The name is also applied to other poisonous serpents, especially. To Vipera aspis of southern Europe. See Haje.

Origin: L. Aspis, fr. Gr., cf. OF. Aspe, F. Aspic.

<botany> 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.

Origin: AS. Aesp, aeps; akin to OHG. Aspa, Icel. Osp, Dan. Aesp, Sw. Asp, D. Esp, G. Espe, aspe, aspe; cf. Lettish apsa, Lith. Apuszis.

(01 Mar 1998)

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