|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]|
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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