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.

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Also called barbwire.

Origin of barbed wire

First recorded in 1860–65
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barbed wire

noun

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