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

n a small growth of trees without underbrush

Type of:
forest, wood, woods
the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area

n garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth

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:
a plot of ground where plants are cultivated

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