hedge·​row ˈhej-ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio)
: a row of shrubs or trees enclosing or separating fields

Examples of hedgerow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike his mother, he is known to have strong opinions — about climate change, architecture, hedgerows. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 But intensive farming -- eliminating hedgerows and buffers, fewer crop types and more pesticides -- has taken a toll. Tammy Webber The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 Saving Desert Tortoises from Extinction To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video In Oxfordshire, John led the way to his apiary, which was on a small pasture at the back of his property, bounded by high hedgerows. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Our idea of British countryside is a soft place of hedgerows or fields. Stephen Orr, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 Using regenerative farming practices, Reid planted more than 6,000 trees and over one mile of hedgerow to boost the estate’s natural biodiversity and ecosystem. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 28 June 2023 High pesticide use, the loss of hedgerows and margins where insects and birds can live, and hyper-efficient harvesting are all problematic. WIRED, 20 June 2023 As the hedgerows become a blur, the snarl of the engine hardens to a blood-and-thunder roar. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 The master plan incorporated a 10-acre green roof—the heart of a system of wetland gardens, porous paving, hedgerows and bioswales. William McDonough, Scientific American, 1 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hedgerow was before the 12th century

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“Hedgerow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedgerow. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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hedge·​row -ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio)
: a row of shrubs or trees forming the boundary of or separating fields

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