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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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The pitch of the Corbury road, below lawyer Varnum's spruces, was the favourite coasting-ground of Starkfield, and on clear evenings the church corner rang till late with the shouts of the coasters; but to-night not a sled darkened the whiteness of the long declivity.
The meal finished, Kama replenished the fire, cut more wood for the morning, and returned to the spruce bough bed and his harness-mending.
But the spruce trees were too thick for an outlook, and he threaded his way across the flat and up the first steep slopes of the mountain at the back.
The native area of these spruces is the whole Northern Eurasia: Norwegian spruce occurs mostly in the West (Europe), and Siberian spruce to the East of Ural mountains.
One of the larger Serbian spruces, it grows to a height of 25 feet, with a spread of 10 feet.
The team hopes that analysis of the tree-ring record from the spruces will tell more about the climate at the time the forest died.
All Mexican spruces may have had ranges as far south as Mexico City, but Chihuahua spruce is most likely to have occurred there.
There was no perspective about those firs and spruces and pines.
Byproduct of World War I, these few spruces survive in a bitter land, and the Adak elves love 'em.
First comes the spruce budworm which doesn't just fancy spruces but quite a few other trees, especially Douglas-fir.
Most of the major timber species--the spruces, pines, oaks, maples, ashes, yellow-poplar, black cherry--shared in the volume gains.
Once you enter the forest, you can't see your object tree anymore, and there are quite a few spruces scattered about.