cattle guard


a structure consisting typically of parallel bars over a shallow ditch, used to prevent cattle from straying.

Origin of cattle guard

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cattle guard

  • They had been taken out of a cattle-guard, to be replaced by new ones.

  • At each road-crossing she had to crawl over a cattle-guard of sharpened timbers.

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