bois vs forêt

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aie0

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Ukrainian & Russian
Is bois smaller than forêt or is there some other difference between them?
 
  • custard apple

    Senior Member
    English
    Good question. "Bois" to me is a bit more romantic than "forêt" so in general I would say it is more smaller. "Bois" seems to be slightly less wild than "forêt." What do the natives think ?
     

    SteveD

    Senior Member
    British English
    For me, it's just the difference between "a wood" and "a forest", a forest being much bigger than a wood. In decreasing order of size, I would say:

    Forest
    Wood
    Spinney
    Copse

    although I'm not quite sure about the order of the last two.
     

    Eric75

    Senior Member
    Français - France
    d'accord avec janpol : un bois, c'est plus petit qu'une forêt.
    I also agree with custard apple: "un bois" is exploited or controlled (men take care of it), while "une forêt" remains mostly wild.
     

    mgarizona

    Senior Member
    US - American English
    Yes 'forests' are larger than 'woods,' and what the two share is that they are naturally occurring, which separates them from small "plantations of trees" such as a spinney, a grove, an orchard, etc.

    A copse is a stand of small trees or brush that is regularly exploited ("coppiced"), sometimes a plantation and sometimes a section of an existing wood or forest.
     
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