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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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 Over the past decade, the company has donated over one million dollars to pollinator education and research, and installed six and a half miles of permanent hedgerow at their almond supplier farm, which creates a year-round bee-positive habitat. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Häagen Dazs Is Giving Away Free Ice Cream Tomorrow—Here's How to Get It," 7 May 2018 The bluebells arrive, like an iridescent blue carpet below, spreading along hedgerows, suddenly swamping forests and copses, emerging out of the rotten, sodden leaves of last autumn. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018 Behind the hedgerows of their magnificent castles, these anachronistic curiositiesare interesting in the way a collection of old stamps might be, or insects with gossamer wings under glass. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Who cares about the royals? But Meghan Markle . . .," 11 Apr. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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