barbed wire


: twisted wires armed with barbs or sharp points

called also barbwire

Examples of barbed wire in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barbed wire was in 1874

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“Barbed wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

barbed wire

: wire (as for a fence) with sharp points spaced evenly along it

called also barbwire

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