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spruce

(sproos)
Any of the evergreen coniferous trees and shrubs of the genus Picea (family Piceaceae), widely found in the Northern Hemisphere. Known side effects of exposure to spruce dusts (e.g., in sawmill workers) include an increased incidence of reactive airways diseases such as asthma. The gum of the spruce is used occasionally in complementary and alternative medicine as an expectorant.
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Location: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store Blue Spruce Shoppes 109 Blue Spruce Way Murrysville, PA 15668-8053
The Sons took a 23-21 decision from Spruce Street on Wednesday night at Savage Field, after hammering it 25-5 on Tuesday.
These spruce forests have provided important habitat for many rare plants and migratory bird species, and have acted as a stronghold for the federally endangered West Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) and the federally threatened Cheat Mountain salamander (Plethodon nettingi).
Spruce is also expanding equity ownership to a broader number of key employees.
The spruce tips were used in the same way finishing hops might be used, with additions late in the boil and in the whirlpool.
Spruce is now student union president at Lewis Castle College in Stornoway.
While the photos on pp 28 and 29 do show balsam fir, the stand on p26, part of the conifer -hardwood seepage swamp forest, appears to be primarily red spruce (there are fir adjacent to them).
The lack of white spruce fossils led some researchers to speculate that the species was wiped out in Alaska during the ice age and that trees from elsewhere recolonized the region once the climate warmed.
Jim Grant, whose father was Howard Hughes' co-pilot on the Spruce Goose
APPLICATION: With no detrimental effects observed for maple, spruce, and birch pulps, autocausticizing with sodium metaborate added in the white liquor appears to be an easy way for a causticizing-limited mill to increase its capacity without new equipment.
The designers were keen to respect the natural landscape, and their most immediately obvious response is on the grilles on the north and south sides of the verandah which are formed of stripped spruce poles set at 150mm centres.
President Roosevelt has been petitioned for an embargo on the export of choice American spruce wood to Japan.