Definition of spruce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spruːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spruːs//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] an evergreen forest tree with leaves like needles See related entries: Plants
  2. 2 [uncountable] the soft wood of the spruce, used, for example, in making paper
  3. Word Originnoun late Middle English (denoting Prussia or something originating in Prussia): alteration of obsolete Pruce ‘Prussia’. The application to the tree dates from the early 17th cent.
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