spinney

spinney

[spin-ee]
noun, plural spinneys. British.
a small wood or thicket.

Origin:
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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spinney (ˈspɪnɪ)
 
n
chiefly (Brit) a small wood or copse
 
[C16: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna]

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