from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mass of trees or shrubs; a thicket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place set with trees or mass of shrubbery, a grove or thicket.
  • n. Mast-nuts of forest trees, used as food for pigs, or any such sustenance as wood and trees yield to cattle.
  • n. Among painters, the term is used for a picture depicting a wooded scene.
  • n. A tax on wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A growth of trees or shrubs; underwood; a thicket; thick foliage; a wooded landscape.
  • n. Food or sustenance for cattle, obtained from bushes and trees; also, a tax on wood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mass of growing trees or shrubs; woods, groves, or thickets; sylvan scenery.
  • n. In old law, probably, food or sustenance for cattle which is yielded by bushes and trees.


Middle English boskage, from Old French boscage, from bosc, forest, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English boskage, from the Old French boscage, from Proto-Germanic *bosk (“forest, woods”). (Wiktionary)



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