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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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

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As the head of his trio, Mr. Shipp’s ability to lure, more so than to lead, his associates into the wild thicket of ideas proposed by his playing makes for transformative musical exchanges. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Signature’ by Matthew Shipp Review: Where Radical Thinkers Are Prime Movers," 20 Feb. 2019 Horses are highly sensitive to changes in weather, knowing when to seek higher ground during a flood or search for shrub thickets to protect themselves from high winds. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence shouldn't hurt North Carolina's wild horse population, wildlife experts say," 12 Sep. 2018 Leaving aside the hypothetical indictment, the debate over whether the president can be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury is its own thorny legal thicket. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Can the president be indicted or subpoenaed?," 22 May 2018 But on the other, changes to the thicket of Postal Service, federal and local regulations that govern mailboxes are forcing developers to upsize these spaces. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 8 June 2018 With a simple carbon tax replacing a thicket of restrictions, the oil company can, in theory, more accurately estimate its costs and the political risks that its wells and refineries are exposed to. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Why would Exxon donate $1 million to a carbon tax initiative?," 9 Oct. 2018 That’s going to be a lot for a TSO to track — a thicket of new rules, new enforcement mechanisms, and sheer computational bulk. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Readers must whack their way through a thicket of complexities that lies at the confluence of general relativity and quantum theory. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 He is coupled with Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former executive at Boeing, leaving the top two offices in the building without a leader schooled in slashing through Washington’s bureaucratic thicket. Dan Lamothe, The Seattle Times, "Mattis’ goals teeter as he works to temper Trump," 15 Oct. 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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The first known use of thicket was before the 12th century

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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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