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Woodcraft II [Apr. 6th, 2016|03:24 pm]
Tony Grist
All done.

They've chopped the fallen tree into brushwood and firewood and pushed the stump upright in the hope that it might "coppice"- meaning put out new growth. I've not come across "coppice" used as a verb in quite that sense before- but I like it- and if it isn't standard English it should be.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-04-06 03:18 pm (UTC)
I know 'to coppice' as the thing you do to trees to make them produce a growth of straight, thin branches. But are your people using it to refer to what the trees themselves do?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-06 05:39 pm (UTC)
They are.

And they're the experts so they ought to know.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-04-07 11:04 am (UTC)
Self-coppicing trees! Who would have thought it. Like you, I always thought it was something people did to trees. Perhaps they think it sounds more technical than just saying, "Perhaps it'll sprout." :)
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From: cmcmck
2016-04-06 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes it is also a verb as it happens :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
But does it also mean something that trees do to themselves?
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From: cmcmck
2016-04-16 01:05 pm (UTC)
Coppicing is the act of cutting back to encourage fine growth, so probably not.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2016-04-07 09:51 am (UTC)
I see a transitive usage, but not intransitive. Too early to go squinting at a compact OED. Doesn't really matter, as last I checked English was still a living language.

On a related note, I bought a billhook, last year. Shockingly useful bit of kit, that is.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-07 11:52 am (UTC)
You increase my suspicion that Matthew's use of the word is an innovation. No harm in that. In fact, I'm all for it!
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