Copse vs Arbor - What's the difference?

copse | arbor |

As a noun copse

is a thicket of small trees or shrubs.

As a verb copse

is (horticulture) to trim or cut.

As a proper noun arbor is





(en noun)
  • A thicket of small trees or shrubs.
  • * 1798 , , Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey , lines 9–15 (for syntax):
  • The day is come when I again repose
    Here, under this dark sycamore, and view
    These plots of cottage-ground, these orchard tufts,
    Which at this season, with their unripe fruits,
    Are clad in one green hue, and lose themselves
    ’Mid groves and copses .
  • * 1919 , , Valmouth , Duckworth (hardback edition), p19:
  • Striking the highway beyond the little copse she skirted the dark iron palings enclosing Hare.


    * coppice

    See also

    * bush, bushes, forest, mott, orchard * stand, thicket, wood, woods


  • (horticulture) To trim or cut.
  • (horticulture) To plant and preserve.
  • Anagrams

    * copes, scope



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) arbour, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * arbour (chiefly British)


  • A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation.
  • A grove of trees.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe.
  • A bar for supporting cutting tools.
  • A spindle of a wheel.