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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
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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
COPPICING Defined for Kids

coppice

noun cop·pice \ˈkä-pəs\

Definition of COPPICE for Kids

:  a group of small trees growing very close together

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