A copse is a thicket of bushes or a small stand of trees. A copse of trees can provide a good hiding place during a game of hide-and-seek.

If you go to your local garden shop and ask about how to take care of your copse, you may get some blank stares, as it's not a word you'll find much in everyday use. The word first appeared in the late-sixteenth century, as a shortened form of coppice, a word still used in British English, referring to an area with trees or shrubs that are periodically cut back to the ground so that they grow back thicker.

Definitions of copse

n a dense growth of trees, shrubs, or bushes

brush, brushwood, coppice, thicket
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an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
a copse that shelters game
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood
the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
ground cover, groundcover
small plants other than saplings growing on a forest floor
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botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period

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