cop·​pice | \ ˈkä-pəs How to pronounce coppice (audio) \

Definition of coppice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : copse
2 : forest originating mainly from shoots or root suckers rather than seed an oak coppice


coppiced; coppicing

Definition of coppice (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for coppice

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coppice in a Sentence

Noun the deer bounded off into the coppice
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The two most straightforward of the trials will involve large-scale planting of trees and bioenergy crops, including Miscanthus grasses and coppice willow, reports Robert Lea for AZoCleanTech. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 Another strategy, called short rotation coppice, involves planting fast-growing trees such as willows and poplars in extremely dense rows. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 Likewise green peas, which require space, time, and handsome hazel branches from one’s own woodland coppice in order to yield more than a handful. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of coppice


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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“Coppice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of coppice

: a group of small trees growing very close together

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