thicket

noun
thick·et | \ˈthi-kət \

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 \ adjective

Examples of thicket in a Sentence

a dense thicket of rosebushes flushed a pheasant from a thicket of willows

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Power lines ran through thickets of trees to connect to houses. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "Power Companies’ Mistakes Can Cost Billions. Who Should Pay?," 14 June 2018 The riverside alder thickets are great for seeing migratory species and breeding warblers. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 The ancient Egyptians took cats on their boats to catch birds in the thickets of the Nile River. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Meet the cats living on the tall ships visiting Philly," 25 May 2018 Four other towers are climbing nearby, making 181 Fremont seem like part of a thicket rather than the architectural lightning rod suggested by the diagonal beams that culminate in a 50-foot spiked spire at one corner. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 The ban is part of the town’s thicket of restrictions. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Get That Truck Out: A Town’s Pickup Ban Runs Into Blowback," 1 July 2018 For the first time in years, passers-by actually can see the mansion, no longer hidden by a thicket of trees and shrubs. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 The grove is extraordinary, a great creaking wall of green, and hugely popular with tourists, who snap photos in the half-light, the sun all but blotted out by the thicket of stalks. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Cherry Blossoms and Beyond: Go on a Nature Meditation in Japan," 29 Apr. 2018 What has long seemed like an ugly but ultimately inconsequential saga in the life of this unorthodox public figure has become a legal and political thicket. Brian Bennett, Time, "Donald Trump Relied on Michael Cohen to Weather the Storm. Now The President Is On His Own," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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thicket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thicket

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

thicket

noun
thick·et | \ˈthi-kət \

Kids Definition of thicket

: a thick usually small patch of bushes or low trees

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