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A recently coppiced alder.


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 (kólaphos).



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coppice (plural coppices)

  1. 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.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      [] belts of thin white mist streaked the brown plough land in the hollow where Appleby could see the pale shine of a winding river. Across that in turn, meadow and coppice rolled away past the white walls of a village bowered in orchards, []
    • 1957, Schubert, H.R. History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p216:
      It was also enacted that all coppices or underwoods should be enclosed for periods from four to seven years after felling.


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coppice (third-person singular simple present coppices, present participle coppicing, simple past and past participle coppiced)

  1. 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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  • coppice” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001). [see also its linking entry coup]