chicken wire


: a light galvanized wire netting of hexagonal mesh

Examples of chicken wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Line the bottoms with hardware cloth (not chicken wire) to exclude hungry gophers. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Predator Precautions Maybe one of the most important materials to source when setting up a coop: the wire mesh known as hardware cloth (not chicken wire). Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 The bunnies were originally crafted from plaster of paris, chicken wire, and camel hair. Sidney Steele, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024 Faraday velvet takes the humble concept of chicken wire and transforms it into a twisting pattern that would feel at home within the walls of an elegant estate. Kate Maxwell Lindsey Tramuta Reggie Nadelson Gisela Williams Roxanne Fequiere Siska Lyssens, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 Fencing that’s about 18 inches tall with small one-inch openings, such as chicken wire, can be placed around individual plants, beds, and also be secured to the bottom of a taller fence with larger openings. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 Nick reaches over some chicken wire to pull out a bottle that’s been tossed inside. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 To create this display, ball up the chicken wire and wedge it into the bottom of the bucket. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 28 Aug. 2023 The old bathtub had a mattress-size slab of plaster in chicken wire below it. John Jeremiah Sullivan, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History


from its use for making enclosures for chickens

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chicken wire was in 1887

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“Chicken wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

chicken wire

: a light wire fencing with hexagonal openings
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