Definitions

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

  • n. A dense growth of shrubs or underbrush; a copse.
  • n. Something suggestive of a dense growth of plants, as in impenetrability or thickness: "the thicket of unreality which stands between us and the facts of life” ( Daniel J. Boorstin).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dense, but generally small, growth of shrubs, bushes or small trees; a copse.
  • n. The collection of many small linked files created when a document is saved in HTML format by some word processors and web site creation software.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wood or a collection of trees, shrubs, etc., closely set.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Specifically, in forestry, a stand of saplings.
  • n. A number of shrubs, bushes, or trees set and growing close together; a thick coppice, grove, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dense growth of bushes

Etymologies

Old English thiccet, from thicce, thick; see thick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old English þiccet from þicce "thick" + Old English nominal suffix -et (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This historical thicket is rendered all but impenetrable by the facts that, as Browning lucidly and vividly demonstrates, German anti-Semitism was hardly a fixed concept but, rather, evolved and mutated with the ever shifting circumstances; that the Nazi regime and its chains of command and decision were highly decentralized — which meant that at any given moment the interpretations and conceptions of, say, Goebbels and Rosenberg concerning the timing and realization of the Final Solution could vary significantly from those of Himmler and Heydrich; and, most important, that the documentary evidence is both vast and frustratingly incomplete.

    New & Noteworthy

  • I do recall a thicket of reporters, which is what I understand the Beitbarts of the world were claiming should have picked up the wrongful language if it occurred.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Clinton Terror Bill

  • The bushes near Carleton Beck exuded the deep sonorous zoom sound of queen red-tailed and buff-tailed bumblebees, and all around the lee side of the thicket were the hoverflies known technically as Eristalis intricarius.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • The light that led me out of the thicket is the familiar and now comforting gaze of Sergeant Sunshine, his sunglasses illuminated by a row of spotlights from the street announcing the opening of a new “space” for artists and musicians in what used to be a drinking bar for off-duty police officers.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • Still, lifting some of the most egregious constraints--namely the thicket of protections for tenured teachers--in union contracts will likely do some good.

    Paras Bhayani: Epic Miscalculation Has Illinois Teachers Unions in the Crosshairs

  • Second, montane thicket, which is transitional between elfin and montane forests, and is dominated by spindly trees, about 12-15 m high with small canopies.

    Morne Trois Pitons, Dominica

  • Then Abraham looked around, and there in the thicket was a ram caught by his horns.

    The Wonder Book of Bible Stories

  • Australian kinds, the plants that make the forests a thicket are the rattans and other jungle plants of India!

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • About a hundred yards from the thicket was a steep bluff, and between these points was a level piece of prairie; Glass saw that his only chance was to reach this bluff, and, shouting to his companion to make for it, they both broke from the cover and flew like lightning across the open space.

    Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • "To the left of the thicket is a slope," Mrs. Levins had told her.

    'Firebrand' Trevison

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