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spruce

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spruce \Spruce\ (spr[udd]s), noun [OE. Spruce or Pruse, Prussia, Prussian. So named because it was first known as a native of Prussia, or because its sprouts were used for making, spruce beer. Cf. Spruce beer, below, {Spruce}, adjective]

1. (Bot.) Any coniferous tree of the genus {Picea}, as the Norway spruce ({Picea excelsa}), and the white and black spruces of America ({Picea alba} and {Picea nigra}), besides several others in the far Northwest. See {Picea}.

2. The wood or timber of the spruce tree.

3. Prussia leather; pruce. [Obs.]

Spruce, a sort of leather corruptly so called for Prussia leather. --E. Phillips.

{Douglas spruce} (Bot.), a valuable timber tree ({Pseudotsuga Douglasii}) of Northwestern America.

{Essence of spruce}, a thick, dark-colored, bitterish, and acidulous liquid made by evaporating a decoction of the young branches of spruce.

{Hemlock spruce} (Bot.), a graceful coniferous tree ({Tsuga Canadensis}) of North America. Its timber is valuable, and the bark is largely used in tanning leather.

{Spruce beer}. [G. sprossenbier; sprosse sprout, shoot (akin to E. sprout, noun) + bier beer. The word was changed into spruce beer because the beer came from Prussia (OE. Spruce), or because it was made from the sprouts of the spruce. See {Sprout}, noun, {Beer}, and cf. {Spruce}, noun] A kind of beer which is tinctured or flavored with spruce, either by means of the extract or by decoction.

{Spruce grouse}. (Zool.) Same as {Spruce partridge}, below.

{Spruce leather}. See {Spruce}, noun, 3.

{Spruce partridge} (Zool.), a handsome American grouse ({Dendragapus Canadensis}) found in Canada and the Northern United States; -- called also {Canada grouse}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spruce \Spruce\ (spr[udd]s), adjective [Compar. {Sprucer} (spr[udd]"s[~e]r); superl. {Sprucest} (spr[udd]"s[e^]st).] [Perhaps fr. spruce a sort of leather from Prussia, which was an article of finery. See {Spruce}, noun]

1. Neat, without elegance or dignity; smart; trim; -- formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons. "Neat and spruce array." --Remedy of Love.

2. Sprightly; dashing. [Obs.] "Now, my spruce companions." --Shak.

He is so spruce that he can never be genteel. --Tatler.

Syn: Finical; neat; trim. See {Finical}. -- {Spruce"ly}, adverb -- {Spruce"ness}, noun

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spruce \Spruce\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Spruced} (spr[udd]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprucing} (spr[udd]"s[i^]ng).] To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce; -- often used with up; as, to spruce up the house for Company.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spruce \Spruce\, verb (used without an object) To dress one's self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spruce

adjective

1: marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: {dapper}, {dashing}, {jaunty}, {natty}, {raffish}, {rakish}, {spiffy}, {snappy}, {spruce}]

noun

1: light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork

2: any coniferous tree of the genus Picea

verb

1: make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child" [syn: {spruce up}, {spruce}, {titivate}, {tittivate}, {smarten up}, {slick up}, {spiff up}]

2: dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion; "He spruced up for the party" [syn: {spruce up}, {spruce}, {slick up}, {smarten up}]

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