spinney

noun spin·ney \ ˈspi-nē \

Definition of spinney

plural spinneys
chiefly British
: a small wood with undergrowth

Origin and Etymology of spinney

Anglo-French espinei thorny thicket, ultimately from Latin spinetum, from spina thorn


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  • : a small group of trees


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