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copse

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Pronunciation: /kɒps
 
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Definition of copse in English:

noun

A small group of trees.
Example sentences
  • As one approaches the copse of trees at the entrance to Tobernalt, one usually stands still by a large rock to look around in the shady dim light.
  • Somerset looked as if it'd just got out of the shower and wasn't properly towel-dried yet, with trees and copses and hedgerows on all sides bedraggled and uncombed.
  • I don't see the hedges, the trees, the copses; and the flights of wild fowl passing across my window go unseen, too.
Synonyms
British spinney;
North American & Australian/New Zealand brush
archaic hurst, holt, boscage

Origin

late 16th century: shortened from coppice.

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