from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thicket of small trees or shrubs; a coppice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thicket of small trees or shrubs.
- v. To trim or cut.
- v. To plant and preserve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wood of small growth; a thicket of brushwood. See coppice.
- transitive v. To trim or cut; -- said of small trees, brushwood, tufts of grass, etc.
- transitive v. To plant and preserve, as a copse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See coppice.
- To cut or trim, as brushwood, tufts of grass, and the like.
- To plant or preserve, as underwoods.
- To inclose as in a copse.
- To form a coppice; grow up again from the roots after being cut down, as brushwood.
- Also coppice.
- n. Same as cops.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dense growth of bushes
Middle English copys, from Old French copeiz, thicket for cutting, from coper, couper, to cut; see cope1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1578, from coppice, by contraction, originally meaning “small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting”. (Wiktionary)