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[thik-it] /ˈθɪk ɪt/
a thick or dense growth of shrubs, bushes, or small trees; a thick coppice.
Origin of thicket
before 1000; Old English thiccet (not recorded in ME), equivalent to thicce thick + -et noun suffix
Related forms
thicketed, thickety, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thicket
  • You've seen the game of pachinko-a small metal ball dropped into a thicket of horizontal pegs rattles its way to the bottom.
  • Spreads by underground runners to form a thicket add to my plant list.
  • We head for a low forest, only to find it's a tangled thicket of bushes and bamboo.
  • It was half-covered in a thicket of overgrown trees.
  • Eventually, spruce trees begin to grow under the alder thicket.
  • In a thicket of words lies plausible deniability when the time for horror's accounting arrives.
  • Information about eligibility is hidden behind a thicket of complicated paperwork.
  • In wetter areas, the thicket is tall and interwoven and in some places almost impenetrable.
  • The botanists forged through a thicket and crossed a rocky ravine bed.
  • The white bear lumbers into a thicket and disappears.
British Dictionary definitions for thicket


a dense growth of small trees, shrubs, and similar plants
Word Origin
Old English thiccet; see thick
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Word Origin and History for thicket

late Old English þiccet, from þicce (see thick) + denominative suffix -et.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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thicket in Technology
Multiple files output from some operation.
The term has been heard in use at Microsoft to describe the set of files output when Microsoft Word does "Save As a Web Page" or "Save as HTML". The process can result in a main XML or HTML file, a graphic file for each image in the original, a CSS file, etc.
This can be an issue as XML can be used as the default format in Office 2000, and document management systems can't yet cope with the relationship between the files in a thicket when checking in and out.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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