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[kop-is] /ˈkɒp ɪs/
late Middle English
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
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coppiced, adjective Unabridged
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  • The aspen cover type is maintained through coppice cutting at rotation age to regenerate the type.
  • coppice working almost died out, though a few men continued in the woods.
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
(transitive) to trim back (trees or bushes) to form a coppice
(intransitive) to form a coppice
Derived Forms
coppiced, adjective
coppicing, noun
Word Origin
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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Encyclopedia Article for coppice

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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