a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.

Also coppice.

Origin of copse

First recorded in 1570–80; alteration of coppice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for copse

thicket, coppice, brushwood, bosk, boscage

Examples from the Web for copse

Contemporary Examples of copse

  • Back down along the Orontes, very early the day before, my friend dropped me off on a dirt track by a copse of trees.

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    Life on the Syrian Border

    Melik Kaylan

    July 1, 2011

Historical Examples of copse

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

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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

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

    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



another word for coppice (def. 1)

Word Origin for copse

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper