\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the tanks, covered in webbing, hid in a copse, about as inconspicuously as is possible for a 50-tonne vehicle. The Economist, "Strait and harrow With the world distracted, China intimidates Taiwan," 8 Apr. 2020 Even though many of us are still visibly attenuated from the Holotropic Breathwork, we are immediately shunted outside and told to walk toward a copse of distant trees, for what activity, exactly, the facilitators will not say. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 There is a hush as the field sets off at a lick, disappearing briefly behind a copse before emerging to climb to the high point of the course ahead of a sweeping downhill right-hander into the final straight. Rob Hodgetts At Longchamp, CNN, "48 hours in Paris among racing's beautiful people," 15 Oct. 2019 Inside a copse of trees, a buffalo, the testiest and most unpredictable animal in the bush, rustled a branch. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Copse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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