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[kop-is] /ˈkɒp ɪs/
Origin of coppice
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English copies < Middle French copeis, Old French copeiz < Vulgar Latin *colpātīcium cutover area, equivalent to *colpāt(us) past participle of *colpāre to cut (see coup1) + -īcium -ice
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coppiced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coppice
Historical Examples
  • When it was almost upon the coppice it fired, then fixed bayonets.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Suddenly the coppice blazed, a well-directed and fatal volley.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The Welsh call it “pen y llwyn,” the head or master of the coppice.

  • Almost every afternoon they would enter the coppice, and walk as far as the log.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Turkeys run into the coppice, and pheasants whirr up from the path.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Near the edge of the coppice Tom Gaunt was lopping at some bushes.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • He could not fix his attention; his mind would wander to that coppice.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • It had been found by the spaniels of one of his keepers in a coppice, and shot on the wing.

  • And he hurried away out of the coppice, past the pond, up the hill.

  • The kitchen-garden, and the pond and the coppice, and the farm.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for coppice


a thicket or dense growth of small trees or bushes, esp one regularly trimmed back to stumps so that a continual supply of small poles and firewood is obtained
(transitive) to trim back (trees or bushes) to form a coppice
(intransitive) to form a coppice
Derived Forms
coppiced, adjective
coppicing, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French copeiz, from couper to cut
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Word Origin and History for coppice

late 14c., "small thicket of trees grown for cutting," from Old French copeiz, coupeiz "a cut-over forest," from Vulgar Latin *colpaticium "having been cut," ultimately from Latin colaphus "a blow with the fist," from Greek kolaphos "blow, cuff" (see coup).

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