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 thicket (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 And as all five Mountaineers converged on him at the rim, Ramey wiggled through the thicket and fired a flawless chest-level pass to Jones. Nick Moyle,, "Jones nails game-winner on grand occasion," 9 Jan. 2021 Instead, zig toward the most promising tangle or thicket in front of you, then zag to the next. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 Lawyers say that as land has passed through the generations, many partitions have not been documented properly in official records, resulting in a thicket of potential land ownership that the government has struggled to unravel. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On," 25 Dec. 2020 In the second quarter, Ingram threaded a bounce pass through a thicket of defenders to a cutting Eric Bledsoe. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Steven Adams makes an immediate impact in Pelicans' opening-night win," 23 Dec. 2020 Within 100 yards of the trailhead, a blue surgical mask caught the sun in a thicket of reeds, a flock of bufflehead ducks paddling through the calm waters in a V formation just a few yards away. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "A pandemic side effect: Used masks polluting California coastal waters," 11 Dec. 2020 The reduction in salmon was accompanied by logging, replacing old-growth rainforest with a dense thicket — full of juvenile trees that do not produce berries. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "The Hungry Bears," 10 Dec. 2020 One way to cut through the thicket is to consult with a fee-only planner. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, "How to find a financial adviser for a one-time planning session," 5 Dec. 2020 The green-nonprofit world is a thicket, contained in a morass, reachable only by slog. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The Best Way to Donate to Fight Climate Change (Probably)," 1 Dec. 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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The first known use of thicket was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Thicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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