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, “a blow, slap”).
coppice (plural coppices)
- 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:
- […] 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.
- To manage a wooded area sustainably, as a coppice.
- Her plan to coppice the woods should keep her self-sufficient in fuel indefinitely.
- “coppice” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001). [see also its linking entry coup]