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

coppiced, adjective Unabridged
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coppice (ˈkɒpɪs)
1.  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
2.  (tr) to trim back (trees or bushes) to form a coppice
3.  (intr) to form a coppice
[C14: from Old French copeiz, from couper to cut]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, "small thicket of trees grown for cutting," from O.Fr. copeiz, coupeiz "a cut-over forest," from L.L. *colpaticium "having been cut," ult. from L. colaphus, from Gk. kolaphos "blow, cuff" (see coup).
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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
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.
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