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bank barn

noun, Chiefly Midland U.S. and Canadian (chiefly Ontario) .
a barn built into the side of a hill or with earth banked around it, often a two-story barn thus having a ground-level entrance for each story.
Origin of bank barn
1890-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The general form of the bank barn remained the same whether it was built into a hillside or not.
  • Also of note are the mid-nineteenth century bank barn and an early twentieth-century milking barn.
  • He modified the bank barn to serve better for the breeding of horses by expanding the loft and first-floor stall area.
  • Typical of two and three story octagonal barns, it is a bank barn, built back into a slope.
  • Located on the west side of the house is a windmill and a two-story bank barn constructed of modern concrete block.

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