Definition of Engelmann spruce in English:

Engelmann spruce

Syllabification: En·gel·mann spruce
Pronunciation: /ˈeNGgəlmən ˌspro͞os
(also Engelmann's spruce)


  • A tall spruce found in the mountains of western North America and Mexico.
    • Picea engelmannii, family Pinaceae
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    • Montane forest has lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce, with Douglas fir often found on north slopes and ponderosa pine on south slopes.
    • In the Chilcotin, a Switzerland-size plateau on the dry, inland side of the Coast Mountains, forests of Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir, and lodgepole pine are systematically mowed down.
    • Five miles up the trail the tree line - a stunted patchwork of subalpine firs and Engelmann spruces - was already behind me.


mid 19th century: named after George Engelmann (1809–84), American botanist.

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