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coppice

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A recently coppiced alder.

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Etymology

From Old French coupeiz "a cut-over forest," from presumed Late Latin colpaticium "having the quality of being cut," from *colpare "to cut, strike," from Mediaeval Latin colpus "a blow", from Vulgar Latin colapus, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap."

  • In 1578, the contracted form copse arose, meaning "small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting"

Noun

Singular
coppice

Plural
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coppice ({{{1}}})
  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.
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 of from four to seven years after felling.

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Verb

Infinitive
to coppice

Third person singular
coppic

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to coppice (third-person singular simple present coppic, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To manage a wooded area sustainably, as a coppice.
    Her plan to coppice the woods should see her self sufficient in fuel indefinitely.

References

  • "coppice" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [see also its linking entry coup]

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