barbed-wire

barbed wire

noun
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:
1860–65

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barbed wire
 
n
Also called (US): barbwire strong wire with sharply pointed barbs at close intervals

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