A thicket refers to a dense growth of bushes or trees — what you try to avoid by tending to the plants in your backyard.

The word thicket comes from the word thick, which means close together or dense. If you are "thick as thieves," then you are close friends. A thicket is a growth of trees, bushes, or shrubbery that is very close together, often making it difficult for people to walk through or for Red Riding Hood to find her way out of to Grandmother's.

Definitions of thicket
  1. noun
    a dense growth of bushes
    synonyms: brush, brushwood, coppice, copse
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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
    type of:
    botany, flora, vegetation
    all the plant life in a particular region or period
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