thicket

noun
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

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Just as some dreams might recur but most are ungodly innovations, Yorke’s third solo album refracts memories of his past work through a wild and unfamiliar thicket. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 Leopards, bears, and blackbucks lurk in the dense thickets. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 That's why local governments and nonprofits are also trying to surface investable projects, and speed their progress forward through thickets of zoning approvals. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "A 'mind boggling' tax break was meant to help the poor. But trendy areas are winning too," 14 June 2019 Great thickets of verbiage tumble forth as Virgil Abloh thinks out loud in long, run-on sentences—often doubling back to critique himself or to add further thoughts or rephrase. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 Tech rivals such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung have similar ambitions to untangle a records thicket that frequently leaves patients frustrated. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Apple offers new wellness program for headquarters employees," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce thicket (audio) \

Kids Definition of thicket

: a thick usually small patch of bushes or low trees

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