Origin of copsefrom coppice
A small clustering of pine trees is an example of a copse.
Origin of copseMiddle English copys from Old French copeiz thicket for cutting from coper, couper to cut ; see cope 1.
- A thicket of small trees or shrubs.
(third-person singular simple present copses, present participle copsing, simple past and past participle copsed)
- (horticulture) To trim or cut.
- (horticulture) To plant and preserve.
1578, from coppice, by contraction, originally meaning “small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting”.
- On the left our troops were close to a copse, in which smoked the bonfires of our infantry who were felling wood.
- He stayed with them and was shocked when the car left the road, bumping into a secluded copse, frightening the girl.
- Hyrst, copse, wood), e.g.
- I have seen bricks amid the oak copse there.
- DUMFRIES (Gaelic, "the fort in the copse"), a royal and parliamentary burgh and capital of the county, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.