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[kops] /kɒps/
a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
Also, coppice.
Origin of copse
First recorded in 1570-80; alteration of coppice Unabridged
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  • Ere they reached the copse, the peasants had disappeared within it.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He thought it would be nicer to go to the copse, and so they moved on up the lane.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • "That's the copse," she shouted, pointing to the trees on her left.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Determined to find food and water, Kweek started towards the copse.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • Away they flew to a copse beyond the lake where hazels and alders grew.

    What the Blackbird said Mrs. Frederick Locker
  • At last Ralph started off, by the way of the copse, to look for her.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • The meadows by the copse were small, not more than two or three acres each.

    Round About a Great Estate Richard Jefferies
  • Every ditch and hedgerow, every road and lane, every hill and copse must be defended.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • They ran for the copse, but that would not have saved them had it been mere copse-wood.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for copse


another word for coppice (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: by shortening from coppice
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Word Origin and History for copse

1570s, "small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting," contraction of coppice.

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