copse

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


Origin:
1570–80; alteration of coppice

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copse (kɒps)
 
n
another word for coppice
 
[C16: by shortening from coppice]

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

a dense grove of small trees or shrubs that have grown from suckers or sprouts rather than from seed. A coppice usually results from human woodcutting activity and may be maintained by continually cutting new growth as it reaches usable size

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Example sentences
There is a wide lawn and a copse of acacia, oak and eucalyptus trees.
Next to the tile-roofed house there stands a copse of trees in which a pack of
  wolves is sleeping.
It's hidden in a copse approached by a dirt road marked only by two discreet
  gateposts.
She has installed a couple of works in a remote copse of trees.
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