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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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SPRING is in the air after these residents got stuck in to give their community a spruce up.
The congregation of Kings Church, which meets at Cheylesmore Community Centre in Arundel Road, organised a clean up, and were delighted at the number of people who came along to spruce up the Quinton Park area.
To take part, people need to log on at www.thebigtidyup.org to register and will be sent a special kit containing everything they need to spruce up their neighbourhood.