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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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Examples from the web for copse
  • 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.
  • Out on the plain, a herd of horses grazed beside a copse that might almost have been aspen.
  • Only the tin-lined cache remained, a brokendown platform perched in a copse of spruce above the stream.
  • For there is indeed a cuckoo calling, from the copse behind the restaurant.
  • To the southwest is a red pine plantation and small copse of box elder.
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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