hedge·​row | \ ˈhej-ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio) \

Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees enclosing or separating fields

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The shocking declines in monarch numbers over the last 20 years came largely because the common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is disappearing due to widespread use of herbicides and the loss of field margins and hedgerows. National Geographic, "Monarch butterflies are dying out. Here’s how cities can help.," 20 June 2019 Inland from the beaches lay the forbidding bocage, consisting of low fields surrounded by dense hedgerows that sheltered German snipers, machine gunners, and anti-tank units. National Geographic, "'Top Secret' maps reveal the massive Allied effort behind D-Day," 3 June 2019 Don’t miss the chance to go for a hike in one of the country’s national parks: July is when berry-picking season begins, and the hedgerows burst with bilberries and cloudberries. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 British sculptor Antony Gormley is driving home past the hedgerows after giving a talk at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, where a solo... Sarah Medford, WSJ, "An Idyllic Artists’ Retreat that Invites Guests to Take in the View," 17 July 2018 The course blasts through farmlands and villages, runs past hedgerows and stone fences and lifts from sea level to 1,300 feet on the island's Snaefell Mountain. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Motorcycle racing's 'most dangerous' event is underway and a rider is already dead," 1 June 2018 Study lead author Mathews agrees that communities and landowners need to leave marginal wild spaces like hedgerows and railway embankments alone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The UK’s Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger," 16 June 2018 Dart between the rows of beans, along the ditches, down the hedgerows. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 As these landscapes bent to humans' will, the birds followed suit, building their nests in hedgerows and eating croplands' insects and seeds. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of hedgerow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees that form the boundary of an area


hedge·​row | \ ˈhej-ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio) \

Kids Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees around a field

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