chicken wire

noun

Definition of chicken wire 

: a light galvanized wire netting of hexagonal mesh

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Put chicken wire alongside it to create a funnel of sorts to channel the animals into the traps. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Nutsedge or other nuisance? How to tell the difference," 13 July 2018 Use a 2-foot tall chicken wire fence with the bottom buried 2 to 3 inches deep. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 That will mean stocking up on chicken wire and chicken food. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Kansas City animal control seizes 134 birds in cockfighting investigation | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 Many officers rode in Royal Oman Police SUVs with chicken wire over the windows, probably because their other vehicles weren’t tall enough to maneuver through the flood water. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Cyclone nears Oman’s coast, kills girl," 25 May 2018 Use 1/4-inch hardware cloth for enclosures instead of chicken wire, which raccoons can easily pull apart and small rodents can squeeze through. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Mar. 2017 Veloster's grille gets a new design, a criss-cross somewhat akin to chicken wire. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Detroit Auto Show: 5 new cars that lit up the event," 16 Jan. 2018 Use a smaller aperture hardware cloth rather than chicken wire. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "'It's a bad year for rats' in Oregon cities: Here's how to fight them," 13 Feb. 2018 Among them: Use wire mesh screening to create a barrier around plants. Install chicken wire at least one foot beneath the soil around your fences or seawalls to prevent iguanas from digging underneath them. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How to kill an iguana (legally)," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of chicken wire

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chicken wire

from its use for making enclosures for chickens

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chicken wire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chicken wire

: a type of strong wire that is used especially to make fences

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