A spruce is a kind of evergreen tree. Trees such as spruce, pine and oak have been planted. a young blue spruce. 80-year-old spruces. Spruce is the wood from this tree. Early settlers built frames of spruce, maple and pine
Neat, without elegance or dignity; formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons
Someone who is spruce is very neat and smart in appearance. Chris was looking spruce in his stiff-collared black shirt and new short hair cut. a tree that grows in northern countries and has short leaves shaped like needles (spruce fir , from Spruce , former European country, now part of Germany (14-17 centuries)). spruce up to make yourself or something look neater and tidier. Any of about 40 species of evergreen ornamental and timber trees that make up the genus Picea (pine family), native to temperate and cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere. These pyramid-shaped trees have whorled branches and thin, scaly bark. The needlelike, spirally arranged leaves connect to their stems via a peglike woody base, which remains on the twig when the leaf falls. Tough, finely grained, resonant, and pliable, spruce wood is used for sounding boards in pianos and bodies of violins, as well as in construction, for boats and barrels, and as pulpwood. Common species throughout most of northern North America are black spruce (P. mariana), a source of spruce gum, and white spruce (P. glauca), a source of good timber. Blue, or Colorado spruce (P. pungens) is used as an ornamental because of its bluish leaves and symmetrical growth habit
marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
small beetle that likes to bore through the bark of spruce trees and eat the cambrium which eventually kills the tree; "the spruce bark beetle is the major tree-killing insect pest of Alaska spruce forests
The highly destructive larva of a tortricid moth (Choristoneura fumiferana) of the northern United States and southern Canada that feeds on the needles, buds, and branch tips of spruce, fir, and other forest conifers. Larva of a leaf roller moth (Choristoneura fumiferana), one of the most destructive North American pests. It attacks evergreens, feeding on needles and pollen, and can completely defoliate spruce and related trees, causing much loss for the lumber industry and damaging landscapes
If something is spruced up, its appearance is improved. If someone is spruced up, they have made themselves look very smart. Many buildings have been spruced up In the evening we spruced ourselves up a bit and went out for dinner
A Rocky Mountain tree (Picea pungens) having silvery-blue or blue-green, four-angled, needlelike leaves and cylindrical cones. It is extensively cultivated as an ornamental. Also called Colorado blue spruce
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