boscage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • boscage A growth of trees or shrubs; underwood; a thicket; thick foliage; a wooded landscape.
    • boscage (O. Eng. Law) Food or sustenance for cattle, obtained from bushes and trees; also, a tax on wood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boscage A mass of growing trees or shrubs; woods, groves, or thickets; sylvan scenery.
    • n boscage In old law, probably, food or sustenance for cattle which is yielded by bushes and trees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boscage bosk′āj thick foliage: woodland.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. boscage, grove, F. bocage, fr. LL. boscus, buscus, thicket, wood. See 1st Bush
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. boscage, bocage—Low L. boscus (hence Fr. bois), conn. with Ger. busch, Eng. Bush.

Usage

In literature:

The moonlight twinkled and sifted through the boscage, and the wind was fresh and cool.
"The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac" by Eugene Field
They had not gone far into the wood; Schilsky knew of a secluded seat, which was screened by a kind of boscage; and here they had remained.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
The grounds are ornamented with rustic alcoves, boscages, and a bowery walk, all in good taste.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
We could not see the facade of the shaitya on account of the concealing boscage of trees.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
A mockingbird was singing from out the boscage of the laurel near at hand, and the night wind was astir.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
There wasn't a tree about, not a sign of boscage, except some miles away where the hills began to slope upward.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The band, hidden in a small, thick boscage of the wide gardens, broke into a mockingly cheerful air.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Leo started up, and sought with eager eyes to penetrate the thick boscage.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
To the north lies a pleasant boscage, the verdure of Havrincourt.
"The Challenge of the Dead" by Stephen Graham
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