07 October 2004

Copse - Word for the Day, Thursday, 7 October, 2004

copse · KOPS · noun

:a thicket or grove of small trees.

A lit window shone from between the trees below them, then vanished again as the car dipped over a ditch and passed through a copse.
--Kate Bingham,
Mummy's Legs

Among the mountains, hills, streams, waterfalls, and little
copses, the child rejoiced in "savouring the delights of
freedom" that stimulated his boyish dreams and reveries.
--Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins,
Kahlil Gibran: Man and

They sang freely in the copses and thickets round Bohain,
and in the ruins of the mediaeval castle where he played as
a boy.
--Hilary Spurling,
The Unknown Matisse


Copse derives from Old French copeiz, "a thicket for cutting," from coper, couper, "to cut." It is related to coupon, at root "the part that is cut off."

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