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coppice (KOP-is) noun

A thicket or grove of small trees or shrubs, especially one maintained by periodic cutting or pruning to encourage suckering, as in the cultivation of cinnamon trees for their bark.

[Old French copeiz.]

"`There will be no gravestones and land management will be governed by sound ecological principles,' says Mr Bradfield. `People will be encouraged to use shrouds instead of coffins. Stretchers could be made from coppice poles cut from woodland, which would allow friends and relatives to do something physical and creative together.' Marina Cantacuzino, A natural place to be buried: Forget cemeteries, you can, Independent, 26 May 1994.

This week's theme: words about trees.


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