Origin of coppice

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
Related formscop·piced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coppice

Historical Examples of coppice

  • 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.

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


(tr) to trim back (trees or bushes) to form a coppice
(intr) to form a coppice
Derived Formscoppiced, adjectivecoppicing, noun

Word Origin for coppice

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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