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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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  • It was slowly gliding out into some open ground, with the intention of crossing to a thicket upon the other side.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • He had dragged the trap and the chained clog down into the thicket.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • At the road they had leaped clear across from one thicket to another, leaving never a trace on the bare even whiteness.

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • I threaded through a thicket and came out into a brief expanse of savannah.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • He had thrown himself flat on the ground facing the thicket whence had come the firing.

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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