from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thicket or grove of small trees or shrubs, especially one maintained by periodic cutting or pruning to encourage suckering, as in the cultivation of cinnamon trees for their bark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A grove of small growth; a thicket of brushwood; a wood cut at certain times for fuel or other purposes, typically managed to promote growth and ensure a reliable supply of timber. See copse.
- v. To manage a wooded area sustainably, as a coppice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A grove of small growth; a thicket of brushwood; a wood cut at certain times for fuel or other purposes. See copse.
- transitive v. To cause to grow in the form of a coppice; to cut back (as young timber) so as to produce shoots from stools or roots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wood or thicket formed of trees or bushes of small growth, or consisting of underwood or brushwood; especially, in England, a wood cut at certain times for fuel.
- Same as copse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dense growth of bushes
Old French copeiz; see copse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French copeiz ("a cut-over forest"), from presumed Late Latin colpaticium ("having the quality of being cut"), from *colpare ("to cut, strike"), from Medieval Latin colpus ("a blow"), from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus ("a cuff, box on the ear"), from Ancient Greek (kolaphos). (Wiktionary)