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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The shrub, which displaces native plants with thickets impenetrable to wildlife, is a widespread noxious weed in the Pacific Northwest but is fairly new to New York. Washington Post, "Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs," 24 Aug. 2019 Others might apply their own signal-decoding algorithms and do their own analyses of this massive thicket of numbers and find something interesting. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Search for space aliens comes up empty, but extraterrestrial life could still be out there," 26 June 2019 One of the females rises and walks out of the thicket into the open, shaking the condensation from her body as if emerging from a morning sauna. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Like dried brush on a hillside, dense thickets of horizontal rows of vertical dot-lines mark an exquisite painting by Yukultji Napangati. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Spectacular aboriginal paintings from Australia burst with deep, sacred beauty," 19 Aug. 2019 His improvisations are wanders through thickets, not lost but absorbed in the harmonic brush, picking up whatever is available. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: L.A. needs a summer music festival. Piano Spheres and Monday Evening Concerts show the way," 30 July 2019 After the album’s release, Petty ensnared himself in a second thicket of issues. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 Yet the former special counsel need not say much to have his own quiet impact: His mere appearance will give voice to the 448-page legal thicket known as the Mueller report. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Mueller to take center stage at Russia probe hearings," 24 July 2019 Before his bill passed out of committee, Cornyn scaled back another provision to address patent abuse, but the legislation takes steps to prevent drugmakers from deploying thickets of patents to deter competition. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Cornyn and GOP senators push to bring down prescription drug costs," 23 July 2019

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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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