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Line breaks: cop|pice
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpɪs

Definition of coppice in English:


An area of woodland in which the trees or shrubs are periodically cut back to ground level to stimulate growth and provide firewood or timber: coppices of oak were cultivated [mass noun]: much coppice is no longer managed as such
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  • Utilization of starch reserves in naturally regenerating coppices was estimated to provide only a small proportion of the dry matter accumulated in new shoots.
  • Instead of the majestic oak woods the path now runs through an oak coppice, where the trees have been regularly cut to produce young, straight trees which, in former days, would have been regularly coppiced.
  • I recently observed several employees of Swindon Services hand-picking paper, plastic food containers, cans and bottles (some smashed) from hedges and coppices in the Shaw area.


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Cut back (a tree or shrub) to ground level periodically to stimulate growth: (as adjective coppiced) coppiced timber
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  • Power & Water acknowledges that coppicing the trees would create greater effluent uptake as trees re-grow, but there has been no action on this front apparently for legal liability reasons.
  • We cleared through this banking last winter, taking out or coppicing overgrown shrubs and controlling the undergrowth of brambles and ferns.
  • The forest has been intensively coppiced, and multi-stemmed trees make up a large fraction of the present tree population.


late Middle English: from Old French copeiz, based on medieval Latin colpus 'a blow' (see cope1). Compare with copse.


coppice with standards

chiefly historical Managed woodland consisting of coppiced shrubs or trees, with scattered trees that are allowed to reach full height.
Example sentences
  • He prescribed coppice with standards under a 30 year rotation, the scheme had worked satisfactory.
  • Moreover, coppice and coppice with standards no longer provide the revenue which private owners expect.
  • Reinstatement of coppice with standards will be beneficial with protection from deer damage.

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