- chiefly Brit a small wood or copse
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- British Termsa small wood or thicket.
- Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espine spine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent. to Latin spīn(a) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun, nominal suffix (see arboretum)
- Middle English 1300–50