\ ˈkäps How to pronounce copse (audio) \

Definition of copse

: a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees

called also coppice

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Examples of copse in a Sentence

a small copse of trees shaded the back of the house

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Chris Whittle is seated at a table in the Garden restaurant, with its bright green copse of African acacias, in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel on 57th Street in New York City. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 In one of the more remarkable lidar finds, Gheyle identified traces of where a small group of Allied soldiers made camp for the night, including the protective sandbags around the tents, in a copse of trees some seven miles behind the front. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 There are no horses now, only the wind crashing through the long grass, pulling leaves from a copse of trees that grows along a ravine. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The bluebells arrive, like an iridescent blue carpet below, spreading along hedgerows, suddenly swamping forests and copses, emerging out of the rotten, sodden leaves of last autumn. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018 Turlhanger’s Wood slept to the north, Chestnut Wood to the south, fallow fields and the occasional copse in between. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018 The film loops continually back to Goldsworthy’s home base in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and, in particular, to a narrow riverway surrounded by a copse of trees. Ty Burr,, "‘Leaning Into the Wind’ shows that, more than ever, Andy Goldsworthy is one with nature," 14 Mar. 2018 Readers note possible clues—a dog tussles with an old navy-blue body-warmer found in a copse of trees—of which the book’s characters remain oblivious. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "The Best New Mysteries," 20 Oct. 2017 It is punctuated by white plantation-style wood bungalows and yards made colorful with heaps of bougainvillea, stands of lobster-claw heliconia, and copses of banana and papaya trees. Hanya Yanagihara, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Honolulu," 12 July 2010

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First Known Use of copse

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for copse

by alteration

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