thick·​et | \ ˈthi-kət How to pronounce thicket (audio) \

Definition of thicket

1 : a dense growth of shrubbery or small trees : copse
2 : something resembling a thicket in density or impenetrability : tangle a political thicket a thicket of reporters

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Other Words from thicket

thickety \ ˈthi-​kə-​tē How to pronounce thickety (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thicket in a Sentence

a dense thicket of rosebushes flushed a pheasant from a thicket of willows
Recent Examples on the Web The move amounts to a vote of confidence in Baumann’s efforts to guide the German company through the thicket of Monsanto legacy lawsuits. Jef Feeley,, "Bayer Extends CEO’s Contract, Sees Progress on Roundup Deals," 10 Sep. 2020 Enclosed within that ring, like a glade in a thicket of thorns, were the five unsuspecting years of my earliest childhood, before my mother got sick. Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, "To Recover Mother," 25 Aug. 2020 The reader is left to fumble through a thicket of meaningless verbiage that pads out the narrative. Patrick Mulholland, National Review, "The Making of the Celebrity Monarchy," 29 Aug. 2020 The rest chimed in then, proffering the ways and hows of oyster-eating—this, without any of us noting the sombre white man who had emerged from the thicket of pitch pine. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 State law imposes a thicket of restrictions on how counties can spend hotel taxes, and the tourism industry lobbies hard to keep those restrictions in place. Jason Garcia,, "Orange County elections could decide fate of a $600 million convention center expansion," 4 Aug. 2020 The bill next heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers will sort through a thorny thicket of legal issues that are embedded in the legislation. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "RTD oversight bill moves out of Senate committee but measure not ready for prime time," 3 Mar. 2020 Radcliffe’s statement was longer, but also offered no advice for navigating this legal and cultural thicket. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Harry Potter and the Desperate Urge for the World to Be Simple," 6 July 2020 For drinks importers, mitigating the tariffs is a challenge because of a thicket of rules and regulations over wholesale distribution that can leave few options on how to respond. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Picking up the Last Mile; Charging for Inventory; Wine Imports Corked," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of thicket

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thicket

Middle English *thikket, from Old English thiccet, from thicce thick

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13 Sep 2020

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“Thicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thicket

: a group of bushes or small trees that grow close together


thick·​et | \ ˈthi-kət How to pronounce thicket (audio) \

Kids Definition of thicket

: a thick usually small patch of bushes or low trees

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