spinney

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English spenné, from Middle French espinoye (thorney thicket), espinaye, from Latin spīnētum (thorney thicket), from Latin spīna (thorn).

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Noun[edit]

spinney (plural spinneys)

  1. (UK) A small copse or wood, especially one planted as a shelter for game birds.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Lisson Grove Mystery[1]:
      “H'm !” he said, “so, so—it is a tragedy in a prologue and three acts. I am going down this afternoon to see the curtain fall for the third time on what [...] will prove a good burlesque ; but it all began dramatically enough. It was last Saturday […] that two boys, playing in the little spinney just outside Wembley Park Station, came across three large parcels done up in American cloth. […]”
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XII:
      I've never hunted myself, but I understand that half the battle is being able to make noises like some jungle animal with dyspepsia, and I believe that Aunt Dahlia in her prime could lift fellow-members of the Quorn and Pytchley out of their saddles with a single yip, though separated from them by two ploughed fields and a spinney.

References[edit]

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

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spinney m

  1. elasticity

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