Grove (nature)

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Grove in front of the church in Weissenbach an der Triesting
A mango grove.

A grove is a small group of trees with minimal or no undergrowth, such as a sequoia grove, or a small orchard planted for the cultivation of fruits or nuts. Other words for groups of trees include woodland, copse, woodlot, thicket, spinney or stand.

The primary meaning of "grove" is simply a group of trees that grow close together, generally without many bushes or other plants underneath. It is an old word in English, existing more than 1,000 years ago, but it is of unknown origin.

Naturally occurring groves are typically small, perhaps a few acres at most. Orchards, by contrast, may be small or very large, like the apple orchards in Washington state; but to complicate matters, crops of oranges (as in Florida) are usually known as orange groves, and they too can be enormous.

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