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copse

[kops]
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noun
  1. a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
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Also coppice.

Origin of copse

First recorded in 1570–80; alteration of coppice
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Related Words for copse

thicket, coppice, brushwood, bosk, boscage

Examples from the Web for copse

Contemporary Examples of copse

Historical Examples of copse

  • Ere they reached the copse, the peasants had disappeared within it.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "That's the copse," she shouted, pointing to the trees on her left.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He thought it would be nicer to go to the copse, and so they moved on up the lane.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Determined to find food and water, Kweek started towards the copse.

  • Away they flew to a copse beyond the lake where hazels and alders grew.

    What the Blackbird said

    Mrs. Frederick Locker


British Dictionary definitions for copse

copse

noun
  1. another word for coppice (def. 1)
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Word Origin for copse

C16: by shortening from coppice
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Word Origin and History for copse

n.

1570s, "small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting," contraction of coppice.

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