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spinney

[spin-ee] /ˈspɪn i/
noun, plural spinneys. British
1.
a small wood or thicket.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espine spine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent to Latin spīn(a) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun suffix (see arboretum)
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British Dictionary definitions for spinney

spinney

/ˈspɪnɪ/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a small wood or copse
Word Origin
C16: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna
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Word Origin and History for spinney
n.

1590s, from Old French espinei (Modern French épinaie) "place full of thorns and brambles," from espine (see spine).

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