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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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Sprucely turned out in a navy suit, lighter blue shirt and trendily patterned tie, he cuts quite a dash as he breezes round an exhibition featuring his work at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Furthermore, a phrase appearing in both the compiler's preface and the Abbot's report reveals its precipitating cause: the painter has become despondent "ex morte parentis." Without visible deliberation over the translation of this phrase, Freud concludes sprucely: "His father, then, had died and he had in consequence fallen into a state of melancholia" (81).
I noticed at the landing, when the steamer came in, one of our bed-fellows, who had been a-moose-hunting the night before, now very sprucely dressed in a clean white shirt and flue black pants, a true Indian dandy, who had evidently come over the carry to show himself to any arrivers on the north shore of Moosehead Lake, just as New York dandies take a turn up Broadway and stand on the steps of a hotel.