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Definition of copse

: a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees

called also coppice

Examples of copse in a Sentence

a small copse of trees shaded the back of the house
Recent Examples on the Web The copse of fan varieties at the 49 Palm Oasis in the northeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park is the place to go. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 There is a homeless encampment in a little copse of wood where Georgetown starts. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Christopher Lloyd, who created a repository of outsized characters, strides across the stage under a copse of soaring spruce. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 At the heart of La Quinta, the main lawn is home to 1920s Spanish Revival bungalows scattered around a central waterfall in a copse. John Oseid, Forbes, 6 July 2021 In a copse of trees on the southeastern side of the island, the boys found a 13-foot-wide depression surrounded by loose soil and young trees—signs the ground had been disturbed. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 At the same time, just out of sight through a copse of trees, a first-grade class sat under a white tent listening to their teacher explain what Earth Day is, and how everyone has a responsibility to protect Mother Nature. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 The spot where the Viking buried the hoard, according to Tim Hoverd’s expert analysis, is in the corner of a field just north of King’s Hall Covert, the copse where pheasants are hunted. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 In Waveland, Zeta’s winds pried the metal roof straight off Ingrid Carambat’s home, throwing it more than a hundred feet into a copse of trees. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, 29 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Copse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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