- a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
Origin of copse
First recorded in 1570–80; alteration of coppice
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Examples from the Web for copse
Back down along the Orontes, very early the day before, my friend dropped me off on a dirt track by a copse of trees.Life on the Syrian Border
July 1, 2011
Ere they reached the copse, the peasants had disappeared within it.Leila, Complete
"That's the copse," she shouted, pointing to the trees on her left.
He thought it would be nicer to go to the copse, and so they moved on up the lane.
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
- another word for coppice (def. 1)
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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