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Coppice
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Coppices (German Niederwald; “young generation forest”) consist of bushes and young trees (mostly hardwood varieties such as oak, birch, hornbeam, hazel, chestnut, ash, and alder) that unlike forests proper (German Hochwald; “full generation forest”) have propagated by vegetative reproduction (growth from the stump) rather than by natural seeding. Trees in coppices regrow after cutting from the root, trunk, or branches (sprouting), so that their timber can be harvested once again after a relatively short rotation. It was …

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Selter, Bernward, “Coppice”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024798>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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