Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English boskage, from Old French boscage, from bosc, forest, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Middle English boskage, from the Old French boscage, from Proto-Germanic *bosk (“forest, woods”).

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