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barbed wire

noun
1.
a wire or strand of wires having small pieces of sharply pointed wire twisted around it at short intervals, used chiefly for fencing in livestock, keeping out trespassers, etc.
Also called barbwire.
Origin of barbed wire
1860-1865
1860-65
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barbed wire

noun
1.
strong wire with sharply pointed barbs at close intervals Also called (US) barbwire
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Word Origin and History for barbed wire
n.

also barb wire, "fencing wire with sharp edges or points," 1863, American English, from barb + wire (n.).

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