- The definition of a copse is an area of trees or a dense growth of bush.
A small clustering of pine trees is an example of a copse.
Origin of copse; from coppice
Origin of copseMiddle English copys, from Old French copeiz, thicket for cutting, from coper, couper, to cut; see cope1.
- 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”.