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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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Debra Stevens, 47, was delivering newspapers at about 4:38 a.m. on Aug. 24 when her car was swept away by flash flooding waters and got stuck in a copse of trees off the roadway amid rising waters, Fort Smith police said. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "911 dispatcher scolds caller stranded in floodwaters shortly before she drowns," 31 Aug. 2019 It was carved into a copse of trees, but today there is no trace, not even a corpse of the court. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Home to McGinnis, Mount and the greatest pick-up basketball in Indiana," 10 July 2019 The occasional low tower of a Norman church, or peaked gable roof of a seventeenth-century farmhouse, poked out from behind huddled green copses, and wildflowers were growing in the gravel between the train tracks. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 June 2019 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

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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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