grove

A grove can be an orchard or a clump of trees that doesn't have much undergrowth and occupies a contained area, like an orange grove or a small shady grove of oak trees where you can have a picnic.

You wouldn't call a forest or a large woods a grove — that's too big. And you wouldn't call two or three trees a grove either — that's too small. A grove is somewhere in between. You'll often hear the word refer to a group of trees cultivated by humans, often for commercial purposes, such as an apple grove planted to supply produce to grocery stores.

Definitions of grove
  1. noun
    a small growth of trees without underbrush
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    type of:
    forest, wood, woods
    the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
  2. noun
    garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
    synonyms: orchard, plantation, woodlet
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    apple orchard
    a grove of apple trees
    lemon grove
    a grove of lemon trees
    orange grove
    grove of orange trees
    peach orchard
    a grove of peach trees
    type of:
    garden
    a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
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