Coppice definition

kŏpĭs
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To cut or prune (a tree) in making or maintaining a coppice.
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A thicket or grove of small trees or shrubs, especially one maintained by periodic cutting or pruning to encourage suckering, as in the cultivation of cinnamon trees for their bark.
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To manage a wooded area sustainably, as a coppice.

Her plan to coppice the woods should keep her self-sufficient in fuel indefinitely.

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To grow as a coppice after cutting. Used of trees.
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A grove of small growth; a thicket of brushwood; a wood cut at certain times for fuel or other purposes, typically managed to promote growth and ensure a reliable supply of timber. See copse.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coppice
Plural:
coppices

Origin of coppice

  • Old French copeiz copse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French copeiz (“a cut-over forest”), from presumed Late Latin *colpaticium (“having the quality of being cut”), from *colpare (“to cut, strike”), from Medieval Latin colpus (“a blow”), from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus (“a cuff, box on the ear”), from Ancient Greek κόλαφος (kolaphos).

    From Wiktionary