coppice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coppice a dense growth of bushes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coppice kŏp"pĭs A grove of small growth; a thicket of brushwood; a wood cut at certain times for fuel or other purposes. See Copse. "The rate of coppice lands will fall, upon the discovery of coal mines."
    • v. t Coppice kŏp"pĭs (Forestry) To cause to grow in the form of a coppice; to cut back (as young timber) so as to produce shoots from stools or roots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coppice A wood or thicket formed of trees or bushes of small growth, or consisting of underwood or brushwood; especially, in England, a wood cut at certain times for fuel. The most common trees planted or used there for this purpose are the oak, chestnut, maple, birch, ash, and willow. When copsewood is cut down, new plants shoot up from the roots and form the next crop.
    • coppice Same as copse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coppice a wood of small growth for periodical cutting
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. copeiz, fr. coper, couper, to cut, F. couper, fr. cop, coup, colp, a blow, F. coup, L. colaphus, fr. Gr. ko`lafos. Cf. Copse, and cf. Coupé Coupee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. copeiz, wood newly cut—Low L. colpāre, to cut—L. colaphus, a blow with the fist.

Usage

In literature:

The spot towards which they were hurrying was separated from the rest of the grounds by a thick coppice.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
Squires hid their gamekeepers in dark coppices with instructions to pelt one as one drove past after dark.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
The grim old Forest of Dean was dwarfing to a mere coppice; the rushing Severn was becoming an insignificant brook.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
A rabbit rustled through the coppice, and a jay screeched in the distant glade.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Presently Miss Charlecote opened the wicket leading to an oak coppice.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Your lips, as smooth and tender, child, As rose-leaves in a coppice wild.
"Victorian Songs" by Various
They came to a larger space where the coppice had been cut.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The house stands sweetly, surrounded by coppice-woods and green fields.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
They had now reached the border of the moor, and the land was studded by woods, coppices, and coverts.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
He is soon lost in a hazel coppice.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
There are many footpaths, but all of sheep, except one leading through the coppice-wood to the distant kirk.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
It is a tall bold plant that grows in prodigious quantities in the hedges and coppices in some parts of England.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
A hill side coppice bearing the name of Rosamunds Bower and the Moate House are within easy walking distance.
"Edge Hill" by Edwin Walford
She turned again and led him back through the coppice.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
There has been far too much dodging into coppices and popping heads round stone walls.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
I'm longing to see the White Coppice, and the balk, and Mrs. Binks.
"Bosom Friends" by Angela Brazil
He remembered to this day the gleam in Brother Aloysius' blue eyes when he was gathering the blackberries by that hazel-coppice.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Bring two long broom-handles, and follow me down to the birch coppice.
"The Jolliest Term on Record" by Angela Brazil
Of course the coppices and oak woods are very frequent.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
They came to a coppice of larch-trees where the ground was slightly boggy and required careful crossing.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

That pale land is our homeland,
And we are bound therefor;
On her lawns nor in her coppice
No birds as yet make stir.
"The Landing" by Padraic Colum
On the tremulous coppice,
From her plenteous hair,
Large golden-rayed poppies
Of moon-litten air
The Night hath flung there.
"Fairies" by Madison Julius Cawein
From what sad star I know not, but I found
Myself new-born below the coppice rail,
No bigger than the dewdrops and as round,
In a soft sward, no cattle might assail.
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden
How when you fall into my gentle arms
Enrobed in that silk-tasselled dressing gown
You shake the dress you wear away from you
As only coppices shake their leaves down!-
"Autumn" by Boris Pasternak
Where were you last night? I watched at the gate;
I went down early, I stayed down late.
Were you snug at home, I should like to know,
Or were you in the coppice wheedling Kate?
"Last Night" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
So I called my good dog, and went on my way;
Joy's spirit shone then in each flower I went by,
And clear as the noon, in coppice and ley,
Her sweet dawning smile and her violet eye!
"The Child's Grave" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

Coppicing and Pollarding Trees and Shrubs.
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