• WordNet 3.6
    • n copse a dense growth of bushes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Copse A wood of small growth; a thicket of brushwood. See Coppice. "Near yonder copse where once the garden smiled."
    • Copse To plant and preserve, as a copse.
    • Copse To trim or cut; -- said of small trees, brushwood, tufts of grass, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n copse See coppice.
    • copse To cut or trim, as brushwood, tufts of grass, and the like.
    • copse To plant or preserve, as underwoods.
    • copse To inclose as in a copse.
    • copse To form a coppice; grow up again from the roots after being cut down, as brushwood.
    • copse Also coppice.
    • n copse Same as cops.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Copse a wood of small growth for periodical cutting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contr. from coppice,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. copeiz, wood newly cut—Low L. colpāre, to cut—L. colaphus, a blow with the fist.


In literature:

And from the copse-wood already mentioned, they journeyed over a vast and dreary open plain.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"
Their road lay through a country wild and woody, where crag and copse beautifully intermixed with patches of rich cultivation.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
There are copses, down by the riverside, where you could wait in safety until you were wanted.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
In Scotland, again, glens or copses, often the haunts of wild deer, are green with a thick growth of bracken.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Now he's in the track that cuts through this copse.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
Pomona wandered through every orchard beside her beloved Vertumnus; Pan and his sylvan brood sported behind the foliage of every copse.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
The ground was dotted with small copses which the darkness made indistinguishable, and no report of this post's relief was ever made.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
A. H. Michie with his platoon to seize Kite Copse.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
The only spot about the Chace where the wind-anemones grew was in a small detached copse of ash-poles nearly a mile from the great woods.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
These sticks, of which he had scores, he cut himself, his eye never losing its vigilance as he passed through a copse.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
There was a little copse here, of trees and low bushes, which sheltered her from all observation.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
I see one of the unknown beasts raising itself above the copse.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
How they lost the scent in Durdon Copse, but found it again where the wood and the gravel pits met.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Suddenly, on turning round the southern corner of the copse, which surrounded the dingle, I perceived Ursula seated under a thorn-bush.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Copse cutting over, Joe Todd haunted fairs and drove cattle home, or did anything he could pick up.
"The Carbonels" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The dog at length entered a copse.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
The grove is a mere copse, covering scarce half an acre, and the topmost branches rise but a few feet above their heads.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
You'll hear them to-night, if it's fine, singing away in the copses, and answering one another for miles round.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
Then I sought a copse on the other side of the bridge, where I knew my horses would be waiting.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Some boys made for a hazel copse, some way beyond the heath, in hopes of finding a few nuts already ripe.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau

In poetry:

He skips through the copses singing,
And his shadow dances along,
And I know not which I should follow,
Shadow or song!
"In The Forest" by Oscar Wilde
Her footsteps knew no idle stops,
But follow'd faster still;
And echo'd to the darksome Copse
That whisper'd on the Hill;
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
A star-shell holds the sky beyond
Shell-shivered Loos, and drops
In million sparkles on a pond
That lies by Hulluch copse.
"The Star-Shell" by Patrick MacGill
The copses shudder in the breeze,
Some dream-known terror fearing.
Awake! O great and little trees!
The Judgment-day is nearing!
"September Melodies" by Morris Rosenfeld
No more the copses echo round
With stockdove's moan and woodwren's lay;
To gladden distant shores with sound
They wing their way.
"Autumn" by Cicely Fox Smith
O men! O trees in copses cold!
Beware the rising weather!
Or late or soon, both young and old
Shall strew the ground together....
"September Melodies" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

Many mushroom hunters dream of finding a copse of golden chanterelles or tasty morels.