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[thik-it] /ˈθɪk ɪt/
a thick or dense growth of shrubs, bushes, or small trees; a thick coppice.
Origin of thicket
before 1000; Old English thiccet (not recorded in ME), equivalent to thicce thick + -et noun suffix
Related forms
thicketed, thickety, adjective Unabridged
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  • We camped in a thicket, without water, on a small patch of feed.

  • It rose with terrible distinctness from the thicket close before us.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • They leaped from their horses and plunged straightway into the thicket after Robin.

  • The thicket, before so formidable, amounted to nothing at all.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a jungle, close about the door.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
British Dictionary definitions for thicket


a dense growth of small trees, shrubs, and similar plants
Word Origin
Old English thiccet; see thick
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Word Origin and History for thicket

late Old English þiccet, from þicce (see thick) + denominative suffix -et.

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