[ kop-is ]
/ ˈkɒp ɪs /


Nearby words

  1. copperon,
  2. copperplate,
  3. coppersmith,
  4. coppertone,
  5. coppery,
  6. copping,
  7. coppola,
  8. coppola, francis ford,
  9. copr-,
  10. copra

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

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British Dictionary definitions for coppice


/ (ˈkɒpɪs) /


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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