apse (plural apses)
- (architecture) A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east end of a church that contains the altar.
- The bishop's seat or throne in ancient churches.
- A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.
- (astronomy, obsolete) The nearest and furthest points to the centre of gravitational attraction for a body in orbit. More usually called an apsis.
- (obsolete or dialectal) An aspen tree.
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From Proto-Baltic *apse, from Proto-Indo-European *apsā, from *(H)osp-, already the name of the same tree. Cognates include Lithuanian ẽpušė, dialectal ãpušė, apušė̃, Old Prussian abse, Proto-Slavic *opsa (Russian, оси́на (osína), Ukrainian осина (osýna), Belarusian асіна (asína), all from earlier *opsina, Bulgarian осика (osíka), Czech dialectal and Polish osa, osina), Old High German aspa, Middle High German aspe, German Espe, Old Norse ǫsp, English asp, Swedish asp.
apse f (5th declension)
- aspen tree (esp. Populus tremula)
- apses koksne — aspen wood
- smaržīgā apse — fragrant aspen
- ātraudzīgā apse — fast-growing aspen
- trīc kā apšu lapa — (s/he) trembles like an aspen leaf