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[kops] /kɒps/
a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
Also, coppice.
Origin of copse
1570-80; alteration of coppice Unabridged
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  • He could change in some copse, and bury his own clothes, avoiding the blunders he has seen in others.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • Ere they reached the copse, the peasants had disappeared within it.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She listened quietly, and said no word, but allowed me to lead her up the cave until we reached the copse of which I have spoken.

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

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Is this the amice of the friar you saw issue from the copse?

  • At last Ralph started off, by the way of the copse, to look for her.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • A little above the copse another head rises; that of Chaucer's great friend, John Gower.

  • The meadows by the copse were small, not more than two or three acres each.

    Round About a Great Estate Richard Jefferies
  • Now, in May, they are busy; they have paired, and each couple has a part of the copse to themselves.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for copse


another word for coppice (sense 1)
Word Origin
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.

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