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snake fence

a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle.
Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence.
Origin of snake fence
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After a mile and a half we came to the corner of a snake fence.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • They went down the road to the swamp, climbed the snake fence, followed the path to the old trail and then turned south upon it.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • It rolls that way, I mean; and Feltons line comes into it just as that snake fence comes across there.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • We had arrived in front of some bars which were laid across an opening in the snake fence that ran along one side of the road.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • A zigzag fence is called in the Middle States a worm or snake fence.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • He climbed the snake fence into the woodland and splashed rapidly through the wet growth.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • She peeped through the snake fence at the luscious rich masses of red clover.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • A gleam of white through the snake fence against the pink of the clover caught his eye.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • The four or five top rails are tossed off the snake fence; but the doctor cant wait for the remaining six.

  • He had just come out of the woods and up to the snake fence of split rails which bounded the pasture.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts

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