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1coppice

noun cop·pice \ˈkä-pəs\

: a group of small trees growing very close together

Full Definition of COPPICE

1
:  a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees
2
:  forest originating mainly from shoots or root suckers rather than seed

Examples of COPPICE

  1. <the deer bounded off into the coppice>

Origin of COPPICE

Middle English copies cutover area overgrown with brush, from Middle French copeis, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *colpaticium, from *colpare to cut, from Late Latin colpus blow — more at cope
First Known Use: 1534

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

2coppice

verb
cop·picedcop·pic·ing

Definition of COPPICE

transitive verb
:  to cut back so as to regrow in the form of a coppice
intransitive verb
:  to form a coppice; specifically of a tree :  to sprout freely from the base

First Known Use of COPPICE

1538

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

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