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.

Origin of barbed wire

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called barbwire.
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barbed wire


noun

strong wire with sharply pointed barbs at close intervalsAlso called (US): barbwire
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